There’s A Wild Thing In All of Us

The hipsters have taken over the Wild Things and the new film adaptation (out today!) of Maurice Sendak’s classic book looks nothing short of epic.

So what makes a Wild Thing? Well, if we take an astro peek at the visionaries and stars of the new movie there are definitely some recurring themes. Maurice Sendak and Spike Jonze (director) both have Uranus placements. Dave Eggers (writer) and Max Records (star) both have Pluto afflictions. Uranus means rebellion for Sendak and Jonze while Pluto spells volatility for Eggers and Records. In fact, Max’s character is confused about why he says and does things so spontaneously – blame the Moon conjunct Pluto, that makes emotions volcanic!

The wild rumpus was directed by Spike Jonze with Dave Eggers writing the screenplay and Karen O (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) composing the movie soundtrack.

Dave Eggers (one of my favorite humans) wrote an accompanying novel based on the screenplay. It is beautiful and very well written, you can order it here.

I’m beyond excited for this movie. It is one of my all time favorite books…watching the trailer makes me teary – they’ve really captured the innocence and confusion of childhood and that song (Wake Up by The Arcade Fire) is so powerful and uplifting. Watch below:

What are your thoughts on this film adaptation…and what is your “wild thing?!”

9 thoughts on “There’s A Wild Thing In All of Us

  1. The Lovely Duckling

    Saw it, LOVED IT! I think I did lose it a time or two… ;D
    Although it came from a children’s story (one of my favorites!), this is definitely not a kiddie movie. It really is dark and a little disturbing. (It put me in mind of the movie Drop Dead Fred, which was a dark movie disguised as a stupid comedy and of the book the Little Prince.)
    Spike Jonze did a most beautiful job of adding amazing depth to the story. There is an amazing psychological story going on. All of the wild things represented some part of Max and his emotions, tormented and fighting to find the place where they belonged. Learning to be king of the wild things without being eaten up was just Max trying to master his conflicting emotions without being swallowed up by them. The story went from being a great journey of the imagination to being one of underlying emotional experiences.
    If you haven’t seen it yet, you should!

  2. Jen

    I saw it last night. It’s really dark and haunting. Very good movie. I want to be Max for Halloween 😀
    There is a scene where he gets crushed in an igloo and his sister doesn’t help him…the look on his face after, red tear stained cheeks…I almost lost it. That kid is really talented.

  3. Addie

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting this adaptation! I related so much to this story as a little girl, just like Max, I retreated to escapism in an attempt to cope. It is interesting to consider how our astrological placements can influence the way we deal with our emotions as they arise throughout our journey.

  4. penny lane

    I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Jonze and Eggars is so rad too. Now I know why they’re so cool. What a powerful combination. Can’t wait for the movie!


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