By Travis Martin
Anomalisa looks to be one of those rare films that cannot be defined by what genre it is, which is animation, but by what it represents. This is especially apparent when the script is written and co-directed by Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine in the Spotless Mind, Synecdoche, New York) and has unique animation from co-director Duke Johnson (Adult Swim’s Moral Oral and Frankenhole). Here is the synopsis as followed on Apple Trailers: “Michael Stone (David Thewlis, The Zero Theorem), husband, father and respected author of “How May I Help You Help Them?” is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he’s scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight), who may or may not be the love of his life.” The film also stars Tom Noonan (SciFi’s 12 Monkeys) as, quoting IMDb, “everyone else”.
To me, it already looks like such a profound movie. It’s rather fascinating to see the themes of ordinary life, age, and introspective observation that Kaufman is known for presented in an animation like this. I also love the stop motion animation used, as it fits perfectly with Kaufman’s story. The voice acting from Thewlis definetly has an aching beauty to it, but it will be interesting to hear Leigh’s performance as Lisa, and Noonan playing everyone else that Michael Stone interacts with. I do find it a bit strange that all the characters have a line going through their eyes. Anomalisa is set for a limited release on December 30.