- The little crisis that prompts Max's escape into his fantasy land is going to have something (or a lot) to do with his mom being single and dating again. Of course, this is all based on a 3-second glimpse in one of the trailers of his mom canoodling with a guy on the couch (while Max watches them broodingly from around the corner, wearing his wolf suit, of course). And this tired old meme isn't one of my favorites, to say the very least.
- At least some of the characters in the land of the wild things are stand-ins for people in Max's real life which whom he has some tension or some issue or some conflict that he's trying to work out a la The Wizard of Oz.
But even if the movie's interpretation of the book is disappointing in some ways, which sort of seems inevitable, I predict that the wild rumpus scene will make it worthwhile. And I love how the wild things look so exactly like the drawings in the book.