Anomolisa

Sometimes there’s no lesson. That’s a lesson in itself.–Michael Stone

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Portland has several classic and art-house type theaters, so when Wanda and I went there for our 20-year anniversary, seeing a movie was on our to-do list. For me, almost any classic movie would have fit the bill, but for new movies, my interest was limited to Carol and Anomolisa. Knowing my fondness for movies and movie theaters, Wanda usually lets me have my way, so, long story short, we saw Carol.  Carol was definitely the right choice.

It’s not that Anomolisa’s a bad movie; it’s not. Artistically speaking, it’s probably better than Carol, and it’s certainly one of the most interesting movies I’ve seen in a long time. It’s just that it’s kind of a downer.

You wouldn’t get that from the trailer (which you can watch here).

That’s nothing against the film, of course, but it’s unfortunate if you’re a viewer who goes in expecting something like Tree of Life, a bunch of weird stuff that’s ultimately uplifting in a vague, existential sort of way, and instead get Anomolisa, a bunch of weird stuff that’s ultimately depressing in a vague, existential sort of way.

Would I recommend the movie?  Yes. The animation is incredible. It’s thoughtful and moving in parts and sometimes funny too. Just don’t buy the trailer. Think Lost in Translation if it were written to go down bitter instead of sweet.

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