|Starring||Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Max Records|
|Genre(s)||Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy|
|Honor(s)||Truly Moving Picture Award Winner, Youth F.I.L.M. Project|
Max is a rambunctious and sensitive boy who feels misunderstood at home and escapes to where the Wild Things are. Max lands on an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions. The Wild Things desperately long for a leader to guide them, just as Max longs for a kingdom to rule. When Max is crowned king, he promises to create a place where everyone will be happy. Max soon finds, though, that ruling his kingdom is not so easy and his relationships there prove to be more complicated than he originally thought.
Sample F.I.L.M. Curriculum Questions:
Think about Max’s relationship with his mother. How do Max and his mother help each other? In what ways does Max help make his mother’s day better? What things does his mom do to help make Max feel better after he destroys Claire’s room?
When Max arrives in the land of the Wild Things as king, they all build a new place to live together, like the world Carol imagined. Why do you think Max and the Wild Things were building the type of place to live that they planned? What significance did different features have, such as a place that wouldn’t let in anybody who didn’t belong?