53. Spike Jonze
BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ADAPTATION., WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
After his first two films, Being John Malkovich and Adaptation., Jonze was in danger of merely being a vessel for Charlie Kaufman’s work. One needn’t look too deep to understand Jonze’s considerable accomplishments – particularly with special effects and finding the right key to the performances within the absurdity of the story – but the films are still very much considered Charlie Kaufman movies first and foremost. It, oddly enough, took an adaptation of a classic children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are, for Jonze to create his most personal, revealing work. An outburst of primal anger, the desperation to create, and an expertly observed expression of the growth from child to man, Where the Wild Things Are transcended its hipster trappings by never letting go of the honest emotion behind them.
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