In the opening monologue, Alessia Cara explains that “Where The Wild Things Are is a place that exists in our minds…it can take a split second or a lifetime to find it, but once you do, you’ll be free.” There is an introduction to all her friends: Chantel, Zippy, Robert and Olivia.

She walks around her neighborhood, waiting for her friends to meet her. Olivia runs up to her and gives her a hug. She says hello to Chantel. Robert and Zippy, who live only a couple of houses away from her, join the group. Tonight, she and her friends are going to set off fireworks.

Olivia and Chantel practically live at her house. They helped her put the string of lights along the stairway while decorating for Christmas. Robert and Zippy come over a lot, too. They talk and hang out. She takes a selfie with her cell phone. However, it’s Olivia who is into photography. She takes her camera with her everywhere. At the end of the night, there is usually a stack of Polaroid pictures.

Olivia helps her with her music. She’ll play guitar and Olivia will sing the lyrics into something. Olivia’s car kind of sucks. Robert and Zippy helped push it until it the engine started. She sits in the back with Chantel. Olivia’s horrible car is a running joke at this point. If it started the first time, it would be something to post on Facebook.

First stop: the beach. After hanging out by Olivia’s car all day long, she and her friends put on animal masks. They remove them and watch the sunset together. Underneath the night sky, she stands on the hood of Olivia’s car.

Walking around, the group find two grocery carts. Cara and Olivia hop inside of them. Chantel hangs onto the end of the other one with Olivia inside. Robert and Zippy swing them all around and pop wheelies until the girls feel nauseous. Afterwards, they head to a store and buy a ton of fireworks. With a match, Cara sets it off and throws it away far away. They end the night with a bonfire and put on their masks again.

The next day, as they walk home together from school, Cara has another monologue. She says “there is a wild thing in all of us.. it’s even made a home in the darkest parts of us. But we can’t be scared of it, we have to become it.”

 

Rating: 2/5

The masks allude to Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. However, the emotional depth of dealing with anger isn’t touched upon at all. She and her friends are ok with who they are and not being popular. They are own their clique. There isn’t any resentment towards the cool kids. None of them are even seen. It’s difficult to buy them as these hostile teenagers if they are smiling all the time. It almost reaches the point and then it’s an air ball, missing the net completely.

    Director: Aaron A  Year: 2016

 

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