‘Anomalisa’ Review

Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson

Written by Charlie Kaufman

Starring: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tom Noonan

★★★★1/2

“Anomalisa” is something of an anomaly in the world of animated features, it is an animated film made for adults. “Anomalisa” is not an adult animated film in the same way that “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” is for adults, it is a film that deals with themes of love, anxiety, and what is essentially a mid-life crisis. The thematic content of “Anomalisa” is what makes the film for adults. The thematic content of the movie was rich and well-developed. The Lisa character is an anomaly in the world of Michael Stone; she is the only character in the movie with a different voice. It was fascinating that Lisa was quite the “Anomalisa.”

The film had a depth that no other animated film has had, save for “Inside Out.” The film did not need to be animated. This story could have been easily told through live action, but if it were shown through live action, then it would be harder to convey the anomalous nature of Lisa. It would be off-putting and hard to make a movie where most of the characters would have to be played by the same actor.

“Anomalisa” is a must-see, it is profound, insightful, and has puppet cunnilingus.

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