Anomalisa tells the story of a man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.
Instead of an interesting story made by amazing writer/director Charlie Kaufman, it was an instead a drawn out character study of loneliness and the deterioration of ones mental health that would’ve made a better short instead of a feature length film. By the end of the film, I was disappointed in what I had sat through. Anomalisa isn’t something that I would ever watch again and judging from the praise that the film received, you would’ve thought that the film would have some sort of message that would uplift those stuck in a mundane and depressing world but I couldn’t be more wrong. It started that way and continued to spiral downwards. The film feels unfinished and is hardly entertaining and it gives the feeling that the writer almost couldn’t be bothered to write nuanced and meaningful dialogue, completely focused on the technical aspects.
When the main character of Michael Stone, voiced by the brilliant actor David Thewlis, becomes inspired by the new element in his life, it’s ultimately cringe-worthy. There is absolutely no aspect we like or can emotionally connect with his character or any of the characters for that matter.
The film is gross, boring, and almost unwatchable. The only thing to be appreciated and to give the film some sort of merit is the stop motion animation used amongst the technical aspects used to create the film otherwise, be wary as it will possibly be the longest hour and a half of your life.