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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

ANOMALISA: The Feel Bad Movie of the Year



I say this facetiously, of course, because while there are several moments in ANOMALISA that I appreciate, dialogue that is wonderfully delivered, the film itself is absolutely soul-crushing. To say that filmmakers Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman's (the latter of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind fame, and others) exploration of the human spirit in decline, told through the eyes of stop-motion characters voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh and David Thewlis, is an investment to watch is truly an investment.

Despite its universal theme of loneliness. ANOMALISA's quirkiness doesn't strictly come from the use of adult-themed animation. Before I knew it, I had found myself in a love/hate relationship with Lisa (Leigh) and Michael (Thewlis), who both prove over and over again how underwhelmed they are with their own lives, yet how recklessly they are willing to make sacrifices to please another. But perhaps that's the point Kaufman (who wrote the screenplay) is trying to make. Either way, I found myself drifting in an out of engagement with the film.

At any rate, you can get to know more about both Lisa and Michael in these two new featurettes Paramount Pictures:





ANOMALISA opens in limited release today.

1 comments:

Brittani Burnham said...

This sounds kind of underwhelming to me. It seems destined for a Best Animated Feature nomination at the Oscars, then the real question will be whether or not they go arty and award this over Inside Out.

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