Adapted tale lures hipsters

“Where the Wild Things Are” may be a movie based on Maurice Sendak’s children’s book, but it’s  definitely not a childish take on the classic tale. Spike Jonze’s film adaptation expands the short book into a feature-length film, but it manages to stay mostly true to the classic tale — a young boy named Max escaping the ridicule of his frustrated mother to sail away to where the wild things are. While the heart that has made the book so beloved remains intact, the movie uses its longer length to delve deeper into the emotions felt by Max and the wild things. There are a few darker moments that result,  and this, coupled with a soundtrack to make a hipster swoon, makes it clear that the target audience of the film is different from the target market of the book. With golden light and sweeping panoramas, the cinematography of “Where the Wild Things Are” is nothing short of beautiful. With a soundtrack featuring Karen O.  and other members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in addition to members from the Raconteurs and a chorus of children, the music is an indie fan’s dream. The movie is practically pre-packaged for the Urban Outfitters crowd, which was clearly not coincidental, as the hipster store had a special selection of items on sale relating to the film when it was released.The movie is more than stunning scenery and easy-to-love music. At its core, “Where the Wild Things Are” is a movie about a lonely kid and the strength, courage and hope he finds inside of himself. Despite the strategic marketing used to increase the film’s anticipation, the story still remains central to why the movie is successful. Anyone who ever felt lonely as a child can relate to the emotion conveyed in the film. That said, the aesthetic quality of the film undoubtedly enhances the experience of “Where the Wild Things Are,” making it enjoyable on multiple levels. While “Where the Wild Things Are” may not be a film for children, it is sure to produce a healthy dose of nostalgia for those who once loved the book.