Monday, October 19, 2009

A Less Wild Rumpus

Russ Moore reviews "Where the Wild Things Are" movie:

This past Saturday I took my three oldest sons to see the movie Where the Wild Things Are. Some Christians are all exercised about the fact that the movie might be too frightening for children. They’re wrong. The movie is not a great one, but that’s not the reason why. As a matter of fact, Where the Wild Things Are fails because it’s not scary enough for your kids.

And there’s something there Chrisians can learn about children, horror, and the gospel.

From the time my sons were babies I’ve read to them the Maurice Sendack classic picture book. They love it, and so do I. They’d sit attentively through Goodnight Moon, but they’d squeal “Let the wild rumpus start!” whenever we’d journey with Max to the place of the wild things.

Children, it turns out, aren’t as naive about evil as we assume they are. Children of every culture, and in every place, seem to have a built-in craving for monsters and dragons and “wild things.” The Maurice Sendak book appeals to kids because it tells them something about what they intuitively know is true. The world around them is scary. There’s a wildness out there. The Sendak book shows the terror of a little boy who is frightened by his own lack of self-control, and who conquers it through self-control, by becoming king of all the wild things.
Read the entire review HERE.

1 comment:

Noel said...

I completely agree. The best tool I've ever found for isntructing my boys has been setting the "children's Bible" aside, and reading the "real" Bible. Its amazing how much they understand and the deep concepts they immediately grasp. As for the wars, swords, and kinda reminds them of real life, so its perfect. Imagine that!!! -the Bible being perfect!