The Wild Thing
Based on the children's story by Maurice Sendak and the screenplay Eggers wrote with Spike Jonze Max is brought to life in a modern world, with a single mom, and idealized dad and a typical teenage sister, not to mention the new man in his mothers life. Max is every kid that didn't get all the attention he needed and created imaginary worlds to establish some control. Where Eggers really succeeds is bringing a childes spirit to the story. Max, while an idealistic nine year old, seems logical, or at least as logical as one can hope a nine year old to be. The Monsters are terrifying and endearing, depending on what is happening. Eggers claims his novel varies from the film, saying that this is his version of Max, not Maurices or Spikes.