Anomalisa Review

Charlie Kauffman is one of those rare gems still making movies that make a case for cinema being the greatest of all art forms. His latest feature Anomalisa is another addition to his esteemed work. It is an animated feature, but is more realistic than most of the dramas I have seen throughout my lifetime.

Micheal is an inspirational speaker who is tired of his mundane existence. Everyone he meets looks and sounds the same. Change ushers in with a chance encounter with Lisa, a lively woman.

This is probably the funniest movie Charlie Kauffman has ever written, and yes, most of the fun comes from the fact that everyone in this complex tale of human existence and loneliness is a puppet. There is extremely witty one-liners. Take for example the letter Micheal reads in the beginning from his ex-girlfriend ‘Dear Micheal, fuck you. How could you just leave after all that fucking fucking ?‘. That is real humor, which springs at you spontaneously and leaves you spellbound with its wit as well as intelligence.

The animation featured is not as a gimmick. Although I believe it is used primarily for the narrative purposes since most of the characters have the same face, it helps in treating this as a true love story. Take the love-making scene which would have otherwise just have been plain erotic if it had been done with live actors. Animation brings a humor and an odd cuteness to it.

The script, as expected is weirder than expected. One of the most mind-blowing scene features Micheal being called to meet the manager of the hotel. Forget the hilarious dialogues, rarely have I laughed so much at the production design. It is a masterstroke of genius.

Anomalisa has an abstract plot of sorts, and I would be lying if I say I comprehended it all. But, I comprehended enough to know what was going on and care deeply about these characters. And that was more than enough for me. I fell in love with this movie.

RATING : 9.3 / 10

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