The other Max on ‘Wild Things’

Posted by · 8:57 am · October 23rd, 2009

Spike Jonze and Max RecordsMax Records, the 12 year-old actor who, by handy coincidence, plays young Max in “Where the Wild Things Are,” gives pretty good interview. He talks here to the LA Times about the book, the film and his frankly awesome hobby, which consists of the following:

Me and my friends like to wrap mattress film and duct tape around PVC piping and then make foam weapons out of it that we have big foam battles with.

Great kid. Back to the film itself, he has a matter-of-fact response to voices from some quarters suggesting that the film is too adult in sensibility:

It depends on the kid.  There are parts of it that are pretty intense. When I was 7 years old, I could not have seen this movie.  It would’ve scared me.  But my younger brother, who’s now 7, could’ve seen this a year ago.  It depends on the kid.

Sometimes it takes a 12 year-old to speak common sense. More here.

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  • 1 10-23-2009 at 9:27 am

    Georgie said...

    With his interviews, WTWTA, and his bit performance in Brothers Bloom, Max Records solidified himself as my favorite child actor.

  • 2 10-23-2009 at 10:09 am

    Cameron said...

    Wow-I just saw this film last night. I’ve never been so personally and emotionally affected by a single film in all my life–being 19, I’m just at that place where adulthood is being thrust upon me and childhood isn’t so far away as not to remember. The result was incredible. Spike Jonze has created a masterpiece of meditation on childhood perception, imagination, and the inevitability of growing up. I don’t think this movie could have come at a better time for me personally–I’d eat it up, I love it so.

  • 3 10-23-2009 at 3:19 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    hate to be that guy, but i think he deserves a best actor nod

  • 4 10-23-2009 at 3:43 pm

    david said...

    I can’t wait to catch this film tomorrow…it’s getting flat out raves from a number of critics.

  • 5 10-23-2009 at 6:05 pm

    Speaking English said...

    He is too adorable. Really way too adorable.

    I seriously think he deserves a Best Actor nomination, and I’m not crazy for thinking so. Right?

  • 6 10-23-2009 at 8:05 pm

    bill said...

    Christ. These comments are ridiculous. I think WTWTA is shaping up to be the most over-rated film of the year. Second of the decade, right behind Dark Knight.

    And no, he doesn’t deserve a Best Actor nomination. Maybe they can buy him one for the Golden Globes, but no way in hell for the Oscars. You don’t get awards for being aggressively obnoxious for 90+ minutes unless your name is Roberto Benigni. You could of stuck 89 year old Mickey Rooney in that wolf suit and you’d all be saying the same thing.

    If anyone deserves an award for this movie it’s the guy that plays Max’s father, because at least he had the sense to stay the hell out of this turkey.

    And is it even possible to find another aspect of this movie for the fanboys to cream all over? Jonze, Eggers, Keener, Karen O, the suits, the voices of the suits, now Records. “Oh my God, he’s a real twelve year old boy? Shower him with accolades immediately! How does he do it? How is he so twelve? Amazing!”

    How about those dirt clods? They looked like REAL DIRT CLODS! Fantastic! Those dirt clods deserve an Oscar!

    Of Jonze’s three films, this is without a doubt his worst. It doesn’t come close to being as engaging as Malkovich or Adaptation. It’s both mindless and pretentious. And that’s the only impressive thing about it.

    When did everyone decide to jump in the tank for this movie? And had they even seen it first?

  • 7 10-23-2009 at 8:20 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Really, a movie that has completely divided critics and audiences alike is overrated? REALLY? Your claim would make sense for “The Dark Knight,” as that movie was almost universally lauded to high heavens, but this? It’s more shamelessly attacked than anything, and you’ll find just as many ecstatic about it as those underwhelmed, confused, or turned off by it.

    And Max Records deserves a nomination not because he’s a 12-year-old or because he’s a “real boy” (?), but because he turned in a sensationally naturalistic, tenderly realized performance that ranks among the best I’ve seen a child give on screen in quite a while. No, Mickey Rooney could have certainly not played the role, and as a matter of fact, I can’t see anyone but little Max filling that suit out quite so effortlessly.

  • 8 10-23-2009 at 9:01 pm

    bill said...

    Yes, the movie is overrated. Completely, without a doubt overrated. It doesn’t matter if some critics are divided. The people praising it are making it out to be something leagues beyond what it actually is. This is not a masterpiece, it’s not a movie for the ages. It’s emo-candy for hipsters and over the hill Gen-Xers. “Oh, that’s just what it was like to be a child!” Yeah, an emotionally retarded, repulsive child. One who will grow up, move to Williamsburg, call himself an artist and revel in the melancholy joy of being “misunderstood.”

    (“Can you keep out the sadness?” I seriously laughed out loud when he said that.)

    Read Poland’s review. Read Dargis’s review. Watch the At the Movies review. It is OVERRATED. By whom? Them and you. It’s just another mediocre adaptation of a children’s classic that’s been hyped and marketed to the hilt.

    And the kid doesn’t deserve shit. Any kid in that wolf suit would have been heralded as the next great child actor by all you folks in the WTWTA camp. Because it’s not about the kid, it’s about the suit. The iconic wolf suit that we all love and remember from the book. The wolf suit that people have been turning into a costume for their college halloween parties for years on end. And now it’s in a movie! How the heavens have smiled upon us!

    The kid wasn’t awful. But he wasn’t very good either. Like the movie, he was mediocre at best. You can only do so much with the material you’re given. And he was given very little.

  • 9 10-23-2009 at 9:11 pm

    bill said...

    And the category isn’t Best Actor For Your Age. It’s Best Actor Period.

  • 10 10-23-2009 at 9:29 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Okay, you didn’t like the movie. That’s totally fine. But claiming anyone else’s opinion is any less than valid is kind of insulting.

  • 11 10-23-2009 at 9:43 pm

    bill said...

    not as insulting as this movie was.

  • 12 10-23-2009 at 9:53 pm

    bill said...

    And even though i’ve been arguing with you, I’m less concerned with audience reviews than I am with the professionals.

    The NY Times did a seven page profile of Jonze and the film back in August or so. Then they get around to reviewing it last week, and surprise, it’s a rave. Then they did a few other articles in relation to the film. It just seems so defiantly in the tank. And this isn’t the first time they’ve pulled something like this.

  • 13 10-24-2009 at 2:25 pm

    josephchilders said...

    The word “hipster” on music/movie boards is becoming as vague and useless as “moonbat” or “wingnut” is on political forums. It’s a great way to avoid thinking ,or debating a work on its own terms.

  • 14 11-03-2009 at 3:28 am

    cameron_vale said...

    Finally someone telling the truth about this highly irritating movie! Thanks bill…

  • 15 11-13-2009 at 3:20 pm

    Nick K. said...

    Bill, calm the fuck down. Stop attacking everybody. You didn’t like it, that’s ok. I personally thought Max Records did a stupendous job in the film, and his performance was comparable to Catarinca Utaru’s performance in “The Fall”.