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Highly Spoilleriffic Reviews: Anomalisa

4 Submitted by on Thu, 14 January 2016, 15:59

One of the oddest, and arguably most genius, writers in Hollywood (Charlie Kaufman) returns with this uncomfortably but beautifully animated film about a guy (David Thewlis) having more than just a bit of a mid-life crisis during a work trip who meets a young fan (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and starts to reconsider his life. You’ve certainly heard by now how this has been on a lot of best-of lists for the year, but is all that praise deserved?

The Unusual Suspects have a bit of a different take on this film from most of the reviews you’ve heard and the only way we could really get into it was by making this a spoiler review. Sarah, Chris, Beau and newcomer Kat (not the other one) make their thoughts known.


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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.
  • zgamer

    Honestly, I felt exactly the same way you guys did. It started off really interesting, but it devolved into a story about a dick head who has no empathy for other people yet expects everyone to feel sorry for his problems. It really irked me after a certain point when I realized he wouldn’t learn a thing by the end of the film and I ultimately left unfulfilled. It’s a beautiful piece of filmmaking for stop motion, but that’s it really.

  • Lucy Six Morris

    Sure it looks great but I was bored stupid.
    I hated the use of the same voice for almost everyone except Lisa. Don’t care what point it was making. It sucked all the reality out of the movie and that’s just death for any animation.

  • Scott Johnson

    I loved the movie, but it isn’t quite Top 10 Worthy. I’m totally with Kat (Who is a great new addition), I believe Michael is someone you feel a whole lot of pity for because he is so profoundly depressed and lonely. The decision to make it stop motion and have Tom Noonan voice all the side characters is reflective of his breaking point/mid-life crisis. But I think Michael and Lisa’s relationship is incredibly well defined in the sense that she’s totally in admiration of him and he believes she’s the one. The movie starts/ends kind of weakly, but the middle is just incredible.

    Michael never stuck out to me as “White People/First World Problems” even as an asshole because Thewlis really conveys the distraught nature beautifully.

  • Travis Pickle

    Loved it! The style heightened the banality and selfishness of midlife and made it compelling with some of the best stop motion I’ve seen.