Anomalisa (2015)

anomalisa-poster “Our time is limited, we forget that. ” – Michael Stone

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Jan 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A man on a business trip tries to figure out why he finds his life and everyone around him boring and banal.

My Take on it – I gotta start this by stating for the record that I’ve never been a fan of Charlie Kaufman’s work mostly because I have thought them all to be too existential in their storytelling instead of being straight forward (which I prefer)

This movie is actually no exception to that rule but what makes it stand apart in my mind is how it looks visually.

I usually try not to wait too long after watching a movie before I review them, but it has been ten days since I watched this one and I still can’t decide 100% on what I thought about it.

This movie raises tons of philosophical questions about happiness and meaning in life especially when it is cyclical and banal.

The animation is wondrous to look at because it really tries to capture reality instead of just depicting an animated view like most other animated films.

I liked what this film tries to say about finding the distinct voice in the crowd from a distance and then to follow your instincts.

The use of only three acting voices really helps us focus on Michael and his issues.

Bottom Line – Never been a fan of Kaufman’s style but I liked the way he did this movie. Raises a lot of questions about what people need in their lives in order to feel more alive. Amazingly done animation tries to really capture reality instead of depicting an animated view of it. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – With the exception of the two leads, every character (male or female) in the movie is voiced by Tom Noonan. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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7 thoughts on “Anomalisa (2015)

  1. I’ve only seen one Kaufman movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. From that, I kinda knew Anomalisa would be on the bizarre side. Haha. But I really liked how identifiable and relatable the characters were. And I think the whole idea of having this in stop motion animation is a great idea. Because with animation you can really go all out which is perfect in capturing the surreal stories of Kaufman.And I was surprised to find the puppets having quite expressive facila expressions. 🙂


  2. I cannot wait to see this movie. Huge Kaufman fan over here, but i totally understand where you’re coming from when you say you’re not a fan of him so much. His work tends to be . . .I don’t know if ‘stuffy’ is the right word, or even ‘pretentious,’ but yeah. He certainly has a way about him. As a decided over-thinker, his approach speaks to me. So i would like to see how this new one plays out.

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  4. A spiritual malaise hangs heavy over the story. Main protagonist Michael’s total apathy is contagious and that seeps into our experience watching the movie. There’s a lot of craft to admire in the making of this film, but a mixed bag for me.

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