Moving. Enthralling. Breathtaking. Claymation…? With Anomalisa, it looks entirely possible that a claymation film can be not only entertaining, but an amazing cinematic experience. I love Kaufman’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Anomalisa looks like another deep, entertaining look at what drives us, and makes us human.
Michael Stone, 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, who may or may not be the love of his life. A beautifully tender and absurdly humorous dreamscape, from the brilliant minds of Charlie Kaufman (SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK) and Duke Johnson (“Community” episode, Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas), this stop-motion animation wonder features the vocal cast of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis and a stirring strings-based score by Carter Burwell. The darkly comedic and surreal stop-motion journey of a man’s long night of the soul, ANOMALISA confirms Charlie Kaufman’s place amongst the most important of American filmmakers, and announces Duke Johnson as a major creative force.
Check out the trailer below. This looks like one of the movies folks will be talking about come awards time; it’s already sporting a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. What do you think?