Puppet animation has reached a new nadir of dreariness: puppet sex as an act of desperation by sad, lonely puppets - a failed escape attempt from their maudlin puppet lives. Emotionally complex by puppet standards, but still too cartoonish for this human to take seriously. I liked the awkward puppet cunnilingus, though it is difficult to avoid comparing this to TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE. 3.6 stars.
Thank god it's puppets! They take away the specificity that live actors have and make it more about the general ideas. Particularly with the sex scenes and because it was so personal. It took me a while for me to grasp what the story was really about, but I'm not sure all the pieces fit together. Loneliness is a different kind of madness.
The central romance is completely unconvincing (maybe it's supposed to be? I think it might actually be a fantasy concocted out of desperation by the mentally disintegrating male protagonist), but Kaufman certainly understands ennui, social alienation, and the slow downward spiral of most people's unfulfilled lives.
The creepy feeling we have, looking at these human-like animated puppets (or whatever they are) is deeply connected with the style of voice dubbing. It's the same realistic approach we see in "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist". It emulates human speech instead of producing perfect dialogue. The most outstanding achievement, though, is the dystopian metaphor. Perfect story, surprising plot. Deep meaning. All good.
(1.5) un film raté au niveau de la mise en scène (& montage), mais que quand même réussit à s’élever un peu de l'insignifiance à partir de la séquence du rêve. Le scénario ressent trop l'origine radiophonique du texte, trop bavarde, qui est bien médiocre dans sa recherche d'un hyper-naturalisme. La technique (stop-motion) méritait un autre réalisateur, avec au moins une idée de plan, de rythme — de cinéma, quoi !
Charlie Kaufman is very lonely. It's a kind of loneliness he wants to share with you. And so he writes. Sometimes he directs too. And at least twice he succeeded admirably (ADAPTATION and SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK). But with ANOMALISA, his usual grandiosities and yearnings feel...meagre. A few magical moments (the awkward sex and breakfast scenes) and Tom Noonan's peculiar voice keep the novelty from fading too quickly.
Could be one of the best American animations in years if it was just about love and loneliness. A shame that Kaufman burdens the viewer with an out of place pretentious sociopolitical subtext, and that Michael's mental condition instead of Lisa's singularity drive the narrative. Nonetheless, the dolls are essential—they're not a gimmick—along with Noonan's haunting voice acting in setting the film's unique universe.
Never destroying a love story was this adorable. The dream sequence caught me a bit off-guard but was a nice twist to a rather linear plot. The animation style and character design was refreshing but I won't say that sex scene didn't make me cringe a little.