Thursday, February 11, 2016

Anomalisa - Movie Review

Anomalisa (R) 90 mins B+
A film so good you'll forget they are puppets 

Starring Tom Noonan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and David Thewlis

The more I think about this film, the more it resonates with me. "What is it be human? To ache? To be alive?" Those questions are at the core of Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's new stop-animation film, Anomalisa. The film, funded via Kickstarter, follows Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis), a depressed forty-something motivational speaker/author traveling from Los Angeles to Cincinnati for a customer service based conference. Stone is caught up in his own head, he is filled with aimlessness and longing.

The film begins with Stone enduring an uncomfortable flight, a chatty cab driver, and the annoyingly courteous hotel employees. He meets up with an ex-girlfriend, he drinks, he smokes, but he's still numb.  That is until he meets Lisa (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh), a young fan and conference attendee who drove four hours to hear Stone speak at the conference. Anomalisa might appear mundane to some. However, it magnificently captures the essence of a middle-aged, emotionally desolate, self-obsessed man who seemingly has everything he needs to be happy... but isn't.

The Trailer --->

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