Where the Wild Things Are

There are moments of great beauty and wonder in Where the Wild Things Are and also moments of fear and anger.  It's not a kid's movie but the 11-year old liked it and the 8-year old thought it pretty good.  I thought it was great but unlike my sons I have lived all the roles.  The movie has a libertarian sub-theme that I don't recall from any of the 10 sentences in the book. 

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What was the libertarian sub-theme?

I haven't seen the film, but I understand Max's ire is triggered when one of his sister's friends steps on his fort. So it's obviously an allegory about the importance of property rights.

I understand the libertarian theme to be the resistance of Max-as-authority-figure. But that theme certainly was part of the book.

It could just as easily be an atheistic undertone. I really don't think it's that deep, either. It's just a kid's fantasy. The coolest thing was the conversation he had with his mother from inside the womb.

Haven't seen the movie or read the book, but I find it hard to believe that hipsters like Jonze and Eggers would let a libertarian message slip into their movie. If it's in there, it must be accidental.

I think "don't trust kings" is a near-universal theme across the modern political spectrum. The right clearly distrusts the presidency (well, unless we're at war ;) ). And remember that the left denigrated George W. Bush by calling him "King George" because of the way he expanded the power of the executive.

I think there is a message to the story, though. Where The Wild Things Are is one of the only children's movies I've seen that made me cry my eyes out! It was a really beautiful story. There obviously is a libertarian theme. You just have to be able to see the beauty in it.

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