‘Anomalisa’ is the latest effort from director Charlie Kaufman. The talented film maker and screenwriter decide to channel his crazy vision through the art of puppeteer. The story follows Michael (voiced by David Thewlis) a middle aged man who’s sick to death with everyday life. Every person he meets is the same; his whole life is mundane and has absolutely no meaning to him. Michael then meets a woman at a conference by the name of Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Lisa turns Michael’s world upside down when they bump into each other at the conference they are both attending.
Not only is ‘Anomalisa’ one of the greatest puppeteer work that I’ve ever encountered, it’s one of the most intriguing, yet incredible pieces of work I’ve seen in a while. Throughout watching the film, I couldn’t get my head around the breath-taking visuals. The amount of time and respect that has gone into making the puppets as real as they can be is truly remarkable. There were many a time when I questioned whether they were actually real! Along with the impeccable puppeteer work, the voice work by David Thewlis and Jennifer Jason Leigh is flawless. Both of these elements together help create realness to the film and completely draw you into this amazing story.
Charlie Kaufman is known for pushing the boundaries in film making. Well known for his thought-provoking work in ‘Being John Malkovich’ and ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, he has always been unique in his work. ‘Anomalisa’ is his second directorial feature film and is evidence that he is one of the most unappreciated film makers of our time. His vision and story-telling is second to none; Kaufman’s unique twist on a very real story makes it incredibly easy to relate to.
I completely fell in love with this movie. To say that a puppeteer film is one of the best of the year is an achievement in itself. Incredibly, it’s one of the most human films I’ve seen that doesn’t actually contain any humans. I cannot think of one negative thing to say about it. Flawless in its attempts to grab you in from the first moment, ‘Anomalisa’ will have you glued to the screen throughout. This is one film everyone should see. 5 out of 5 stars.