A suffocating view of humanity.
Directed and produced by Charlie Kaufman, based on his own eponymous play, comes the story of the delusional Michael Stone (David Thewlis), a British author who’s forte is customer service. He soon finds himself in the hotel room of two women, both fans of his work who are in town to hear him speak. Michael sees something different in one of the two women, named Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh).
Animation is not strictly for children. But this animation in particular, is definitely not for the viewing of children. Yes, you should be prepared for the uncommon and slightly unsettling site of Puppet Private Parts. The score is exceptional, by Carter Burwell, certainly one of his best. Anomalisa includes a wonderful voice cast of just David Thewlis, Tom Noonan and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Tom Noonan does the majority of the voice work as a metaphor for the mundanity of human beings. Therefore, when Michael meets Lisa, whose voice is not the same as everyone else’s, he soon finds himself falling for her distinction. You wouldn’t think the characters are animated, appearing so real and human on-screen. The film is however, much more than a technical achievement. One of the best comedies of the year, filled with clever and witty dialogue. The questions that Kaufman poses are indeed thought-provoking, particularly: can we really love someone if we don’t love ourselves?
Unspeakably beautiful, Anomalisa is simply a masterpiece. Highly recommend, to everyone from the independent film enthusiast to the habitual film-goer. Fans of Mary and Max will particularly love this creation. If you’re looking for a stylishly crafted animated drama that is cleverly executed, Anomalisa is the one for you.