A customer service representative discovers something truly unique amongst the mundane.
Wow, just wow. I am not often floored by a movie, not often shocked and stunned by the true to life depiction of humanity. So often during a movie, even a movie that is truly amazing something is lost in its creation. Like a transfer of energy from one object to another, something is made to be… unreal by its own existence. Not so in “Anomalisa”, we see a slice of humanity the likes of which you see so rarely these days, or in any days at all during film. More than just during film even, this level of human experience is not even viewed during day to day life most of the time.
Anomalisa, through the use of felt puppets, manages to get across themes that other movies tend to only grasp at. I find it extremely hard to get across just what an impact this movie had on me, especially without ruining it for the first time viewer. Not to sound cliché, but I laughed, I cried, and I felt alongside the characters in the film. “Anomalisa” follows Michael Stone, a public speaker for customer service representatives and Lisa, a girl attending a conference he will be speaking at. Through Michael’s interaction with literally every other person in the world we see a truly in depth look at the vagaries of what it means to be both lonely, depressed but at the same time narcissistic and conceited.
Directed by Charlie Kaufman (writer of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, Being John Malkovich, and Adaptation) Anomalisa brings some of that signature Charlie Kaufman weirdness to the screen that fans of his have come to expect. Despite this, Anomalisa avoids some of the more unusual aspects that his films tend to explore. This was a smart choice on his part, if this had become as odd as some of his past films it would have robbed it of the impact that it has.
Anomalisa is a breath of fresh air, something I was sorely missing in my recent movie viewings. I recommend watching it to anyone who’s, well, human. Everyone who has ever felt alone, or tired of life, stuck in a rut, or just plain lost. I give Anomalisa a 10/10
Available through Netflix DVD