The movie poster for director Spike Jonze’s much-anticipated and long-gestating adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s children classic Where the Wild Things Are is out. (You’ll have to wait until Oct. 19 for the movie itself.) And no shocker here (judging from the stills we’ve already seen of the movie), the poster is pretty creepy in that slightly skin-crawling kind of way.
First there’s the big, scary Wild Thing dominating the frame — he’s so big, in fact, he can’t even fully fit on to the poster. Are you like me and dying to see his face up close? The glimpse of his lips is almost too much to handle. Are they, like, gonna maybe eat Max?
Speaking of Max… The tiny little crown-wearing guy is in the seemingly friendly clutches of the Wild Thing, yet he seems to be screaming? Why, you ask, when he and the Wild Thing seem to be coexisting so well — anyone who’s read the book knows that Max is eventually raised up as the King of All Wild Things? Your guess is as good as mine. Next, the ominous tag line: "There’s one in all of us." Oooh, provocative…
The sparse poster only makes me want to see the movie more. For most people, like myself, the Where the Wild Things story is super-familiar. So what delights me about this poster is the intrigue that it conjures: How’s Jonze gonna turn the short, simple story into a feature? What did he add? Will the movie scare kids just as much as the book did? We’ll all certainly have a better idea starting March 27 when the movie’s trailer debuts before showings of Monsters vs. Aliens.
PopWatchers, are you intrigued by this poster? Does it make you want to see the movie more or less? Sound off!