Wild ThingsBy Ann-Caryn Cleveland • Nov 4th, 2009 • Category: Feature
Those of you that have completed Comm Theory or the dreaded Media Crit can understand. You simply can’t view media in the same way ever again. Watching Where the Wild Things Are is certainly no different.
I propose a different idea. The movie version of Where the Wild Things Are is a director’s vision. As one person oversees all elements it can only always be - the director’s vision. He had one thing he really needed to say.
The wrong we do to others we can never take back.
We do lots of things to try to fix it, but part of growing up is learning that we are broken, fallible - and because of our experiences we will never be the same.
SPOILER ALERT::: The most visual example of this is Douglas, one of the Wild Things. In a fight with his very best friend Carol, his arm is torn off. Like an hourglass, the arm is full of sand, falls off and cannot be repaired. He wears a stick for an arm the rest of the movie.
Max’s mom feeds him a big piece of chocolate cake at the end of the film. Does it right the wrongs? Not at all. But it begins to say how sorry we are.
What do you think? Comment and use your Comm Theory and Media Crit skills!