I had not heard about Charlie Kaufman’s first stop-motion film, Anomalisa until I went to the movie theater and saw the trailer during the previews for Brooklyn. The look of it drew me in but was a little ‘eh’ about the story of some guy on a business trip so I made a mental note to check it out when it came out on HBO or something. Then at the following meeting for my UCLA Extension Sneak Preview class, the moderator and esteemed film critic, Anne Thompson, announced we would be watching Anomalisa with great enthusiasm that it got me excited to watch it (or maybe I was just hopeful that it would be better than Joy which we had just sat through).
Anomalisa is a beautiful film that I can see resonating with a lot of people today. We go around in our mundane lives, not really connecting with anyone because we are so self involved in our “problems” or the glamorous lives of others we dissect on our phones we fail to actually connect with those closest to us. Even with the characters in the film whose jobs as customer representatives make them professionals in listening and talking to people on a daily basis, fulfilling simple needs of others, fail to do it in their own lives. If this film had been made with real actors, I don’t think people would have connected with it as much, it would have been too real and have turned us off from the social and personal messages the story conveys. Plus, we would not have an incredibly hot puppet sex scene to watch and talk about!
Check out the trailer below, go watch the film and let me know what you think! Yay? Nay? Shut up Lucía?