Um, I just about started crying at my desk right now, and it's all because of this brand-new trailer for Where the Wild Things Are. Set to a version of the Arcade Fire's "Wake Up," the trailer's full of striking shots of Max in his fuzzy costume and crown, romping on through the forest with giant, gorgeously rendered monsters. It's sweet and poignant and beautiful, and it gives me such hope for this movie, which I've long thought was too good to be true. Can it be Oct. 16 right now?
This adaptation is being brought to life by director Spike Jonze with a screenplay co-written by Dave Eggers. Word that the film was having troubles early on made me fear it would never make it to theaters, and having seen the trailer, I'm not surprised — this definitely doesn't look like a typical children's movie. But I'm not sure it's all that different from some of the darker movies of my childhood (I mean, we had Labyrinth). And everything is just so thoughtfully put together, right down to the font. Looks like this one definitely deserves its place as one of my most-anticipated entertainment moments of '09. To check out the trailer, just read more.