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Name: Shambria Dale
From: Manhattan, Ks
Grade: Junior
School: Kansas State University
Votes: 0

Shambria
Dale

4/21/06

ENGL
220


Critical
Review

Critical
Review-Option 2

Where the Wild Things Are is an impeccable film. I really loved the film as
well as the novel. The film was a very loose adaptations of the
novel. A major point of difference between the film and book of Where
the Wild Things Are is the addition of many extra scenes that are not
in the book. I will be looking in particular at one specific scene.
The director decided to add a scene of Max playing outside in the
snow and eventually his sister and her friends joining in. This scene
plays on the audience emotions and how they then view Max for the
rest of the movie. The director also uses different film mechanics to
appeal to the audience. The adding of this scene and incorporating
film mechanics makes the changes very successful.

The scene is the movies opening scene. It begins with Max chasing the dog
around the house. We then find Max outside building an igloo by
himself. You hear children in the background laughing and playing yet
Max is all alone. This leads to the assumption that he has no
friends. After building his igloo he runs back home to show his
sister his accomplishment. He is very proud of what he has built as
every child usually is. His sister ignores him because she feels too
old to play with him. Max then goes back and began to play with
imaginary people and began to kick and yell at the fence. This scene
sets the tone for the film. This is the audiences first impression of
Max and from here we decided how we feel and think of Max. Seeing him
be rejected by his sister you grow to feel sympathetic. No matter who
you are, everyone has a weak spot for children. You especially begin
to feel for Max after his sister tells him to go play with his
friends and he goes and play with the fence. He makes a statement to
the fence “go play with your own fence friends.” This
particularly touched my heart because you always feel bad for the kid
who has no friends. After yelling at the fence you can kind of tell
that Max resents that his sister feels old to spend time with him.
This shows that Max has learned to be self-sufficient and entertain
himself. He is used to playing alone. No one wants to see their child
playing alone or be that child who has no friends. This scene is very
realistic. For parents it shows the importance of giving your child
attention.

The film mechanics in this scene do a great job of controlling the
audience’s emotion. The theme of the film is very simple. It is
based around unfairness or being alone. Both feelings are easily
related to making an emotional connection to the audience. In this
particular scene Max is found wearing a costume. This is to show how
much of a child Max really is. The director uses a close-up in the
beginning of the scene. Max is scene laying in the igloo. This forces
you to only look at Max and not the surrounds. At this particular
point you are intrigued. You expect to see other kids to come
running. The scene the uses a long-shot to show that Max is the only
child working on the igloo. Using this particular shot gives the
audience a chance to establish the location. You know are familiar
with the time place and what actions are about to transpire. You
assume he is playing outside of his home. The scene then uses
multiple close up shots of Max. These shots show his determination to
make a great igloo. You see how proud of himself he is thus far. Once
Max is finally done with the igloo there is once again another close
up. You see the smirk he makes and you as the audience began to feel
proud of him as well. The director uses a medium long shot when Max
is calling for his sister to see his creation. This shows the
audience that she is not doing anything important. She is simply
sitting at the table talking on the telephone. She is uninterested in
what her brother is doing. This makes you feel for Max. After his
sister tell him to go play with his friends there is an extreme close
up of Max. You can see and feel the anger he feels. You then realize
at this point that he neither has friends nor does he have the best
relationship with his sister. There are a lot of close ups in this
scene to express Max’s emotions. This helps you to feel angry when
he is angry and or proud when his is proud. This is particularly true
when Max begins to cry. You feel bad that his sister’s friends
ruined his igloo. The lighting in this scene is neutral. It gives it
a natural feel seeing how the scene is filmed outside midday. It
helps to understand the Max is just a child playing outside. The
director also used long takes quite a bit in this scene. You see this
while Max is making the igloo. This helps the audience sense his
determination. There are not many special effects that play a role in
this scene. The sounds is all diegetic. The angles in this scene are
mostly eye-level. This allows the audience to see what Max sees. It
gives you the opportunity to connect to Max. During the beginning of
the snowball fight you see how excited Max is to play with other kids
with the use of a close-up shot. The director also uses it after the
igloo is ruined and you see Max crying. The use of different film
mechanics used by the director within the scene impacts
the audience.

Where the Wild Things Are is an amazing movie for all ages. This particular scene is a very
important scene that was added to the film. In this scene you meet a
happy child who likes to play. He has no friends so he entertains
himself. This film sets the tone and helps you to understand Max. It
also you to establish an emotional connection with the child. The
use of the different film mechanics played a huge role in how the
audience reacted. In my opinion the adaptation along with the scene
differences was very successful. I really enjoyed watching this scene
as well as the entire film. I believe the director did an amazing
job.


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