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.
It's a bit unfortunate when an animated movie tries too hard to be realistic with a script that could have been easily made in live action. Thankfully, Anomalisa is not the case, as the stop-motion puppets provide the creepy but emotional flesh and blood to bring this dramedy to life in the most awkwardly human way possible. That morning-after scene was as lovely as sad, completely heartbreaking.
'Some boys take a beautiful girl, and hide her away from the rest of the world, I want to be the one to walk in the sun...' Kaufman's bittersweet animated tale presents a difficult tale of finding that 'other' that completes us while putting up walls and conceits that will hamper that goal. The flawed everyman, Michael Stone, is given that shot at love only to once more give in to his inner demons. Quite striking.