Year of Release: 2015
Director: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson
Stars: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan
Genre: Animation, Drama
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 8
Synopsis & Review:
Charlie Kaufman is another unique voice in cinema, and has created a portfolio of features (alongside some very talented directors) that definitely highlight his perspective of relationships. Though anchored on concepts that are surreal, these are deeply emotional stories that reflect his views on relationships and on the world in general. "Anomalisa" is anchored on a beautiful concept: Michael's loneliness is expressed by the fact that to him everyone sounds exactly the same. There's no difference in his life from anyone that surrounds him - he doesn't feel loved or connected to anyone, and much to his surprise, this woman who in her own words is "nothing special", has a distinct voice of her own, that just connects with him immediately. This metaphor highlights the concept that there's that one special person for everyone, that sounds unique and touches us in ways no one else does. The film is beautifully executed, with fantastic animation and stunning voice work from David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan (who makes the voices of everyone other than Michael and Lisa). The score from Carter Burwell is equally a great highlight. A very good film worth watching!