Maurice Sendak’s adored book “Where the Wild Things Are” gets a dreamy and poignant cinematic translation by Spike Jonze and company, but it’s a tale that adults will appreciate more than kids. Progressing in a pace that might challenge the younger viewer, “Where the Wild Things Are” nevertheless transmits its heartfelt thoughts about generational divide and childhood apprehensions clearly. It’s easy to identify with the occasionally bratty but wildly imaginative Max (Max Records), who gets a better understanding of limitations in the realities he lives in and visits. The distinctly divided worlds of distressed grownups and emotive monsters blur into a dramatic contemplation of growth and filial bonds in this special undertaking.
“Where the Wild Things Are” is an Ayala Cinemas exclusive opening on Feb. 3.