Watch Anomalisa 365movies free online – It has been over a month since I say Anomalisa with a few friends. All of us felt a little disappointed with the overall feeling we had at the end of the movie. I think it seemed like an animated short that was too long. The stop-motion figures were slightly distracting at first, but it didn’t take too long to start seeing them as real actors. The overall visual effect was at times quite amazing, and even the sex scene felt more real than simply animated. One thing I will say is that this is a film that has remained fairly clear in my memory as time has passed, and in that sense it was impressive. If it shows up on Netflix I might watch it again to get another impression.
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Anomalisa review tomgillespie2002 – Offers a real insight into the human soul
It’s been 8 years since Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut, Synedoche, New York – that great but under-appreciated little film about a man (the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) who dreamed of building a scale model of New York in a warehouse. The critics seemed to like it but didn’t voice their approval very loudly, and chances are many won’t remember its existence. Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, Kaufman’s latest is a stop-motion collaboration with Duke Johnson, an animator probably most famous for his Adult Swim works.
Beginning with mundane chatter in mundane locations, Anomalisa is in no rush to hit you with any visual splendour, which tends to be the norm for animated films. Instead, we follow our miserable protagonist Michael Stone (David Thewlis), a British motivational speaker whose book on customer service is the handbook for those unfortunate enough to be in the business, as he lands in Cincinnati. He grabs a cab ride with an annoying driver who seems to be completely unaware of Michael’s depressed, frustrated state, and insists he visit the zoo and tries to Cincinnati’s famous chilli. He arrives at his hotel, the Fregoli, where he is unnecessarily escorted to his room by an over-friendly bell boy who informs him of the delights of his standard, mediocre room.
It’s probably at this point that you’ll realise you haven’t been imagining that all the characters look and sound alike, and instead that this is a deliberate tactic key to understanding the mindset of Michael and the themes of the film. The name of the hotel is a clue, as the Fregoli delusion is a condition that causes a person to imagine everyone else to be the same entity in disguise with the sole purpose of inflicting torment on the sufferer. Here, everyone has the face of an adult white male (even the women and children) and has been blessed with the soothing, distinctive voice of Tom Noonan. It is only when Michael stumbles upon two women in his hotel who are there to see his speech the following day that this spell is broken. One of the two women, Lisa, has a barely noticeable facial disfigurement and sounds like Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Michael is enamoured.
Michael’s relationship with Lisa, who be dubs ‘Anomalisa’, gives the film a much-needed heart, as this may have otherwise been an exercise in misanthropy. There’s no fantasy romance here, but a dinner date where everyone involved drinks too much, Michael’s awkward invitation for Lisa to accompany him back to his room, and a sex scene which is, ironically, the most realistic I’ve ever seen on film. Michael accidentally rolls onto her hair, she bangs her head, he asks her the awkward question of whether she’s cool with oral sex – there’s certainly no pan to a roaring fireplace,
You would think that the heightened sense of realism would make the choice to film this in stop-motion slightly redundant, but oddly, it makes the film even more human. It also allows Kaufman and Johnson to show much more of life’s ugliness – we are treated to Michael’s middle-aged stark naked body jumping out of the shower and the sight of a random man across the way getting ready to masturbate in front of his computer. It’s often difficult to sit through. I work in customer services myself and can empathise with Michael’s internal struggle of feeling trapped within himself and that others are barely distinguishable from one another. Don’t expect any tidy resolutions either, Kaufman is intelligent enough to realise that the excitement of meeting an interesting girl is only temporary, and life will still go on. It’s upsetting, certainly, but Anomalisa offers a real insight into the human soul and makes a lasting impression.
Anomalisa review by shadowyx12 Poignant, poetic, and heartfelt.
“Anomalisa” is in my opinion one of this year’s most important films. The film centres on Michael Stone, a depressed customer service guru who struggles to connect with others, finally meeting someone he can truly connect with – a woman named Lisa.
Anyone familiar with Kaufman’s work knows that he has a tendency to write incredibly deep and complex stories embedded with a plethora of themes. “Anomalisa” might just be the one exception (or anomaly) to that fact. The story is surprisingly simple; most of it takes place over the course of 24 hours. The messages behind it, fortunately, will still require multiple viewings and further analysis in order to be fully grasped. The final synthesis is elegantly woven to near perfection and is at times humorous and even thrilling. Running at only 90 minutes, the film never feels slow nor bloated. I believe “Anomalisa” is a good starting point for those just starting to get into Kaufman’s filmography.
The stop-motion animation is some of the best that I have ever seen on the big screen. For a project that was funded on Kickstarter, I have to say that the quality of the animation is the equivalent to what you would see in an Aardman Animations or Laika production – if not better. There were certain shots that made me stop and really appreciate the efforts that the team went through just to make all of their characters’ movements flow realistically. Kudos to them!
The reasons why I think “Anomalisa” is one of this year’s most important films not only have to do with the way the film was financed and produced, but that it also opens up a dialogue on isolation and social disillusionment – they are usually seen as flaws inherent only within the individual, despite the fact that everyone plays some part in furthering it.
“Anomalisa” is a true work of art on many levels. It is a simple story that touches on a wide range of emotions, riddled with the complexities of our perceptions on relationships. Do not be surprised if this film makes you laugh more than cry. Do not be surprised if this film makes you cry more than laugh – for that is the true beauty of this anomaly of a film.
Anomalisa review by Charles Herold (cherold) – If you can make it through the first half, there’s some interesting stuff
I love the writer Charlie Kaufman, but I’m not as enamored of the director Charlie Kaufman, who indulges his worst tendencies in a way others won’t.
Anomalisa starts very slowly, as middle-aged Michael comes into Cincinnati to give a lecture. The movie has a great love for the mundane, so we get a taxi driver giving advice, we get Michael’s checking in and ordering dinner, we get an uncomfortable dinner with an ex.
The only notable thing in the early part of this animated drama is that everyone Michael meets is voiced by one actor, both men and women. Only Michael has a unique voice. Then he meets a young, insecure woman who also has a unique voice (wonderfully done by Jennifer Jason Leigh), and this leads to bland conversation and a rather long sex scene.
After all that, I was bored and restless, but then the movie picks up, offering a fascinating scene in the hotel basement after which the movie is weird, funny, sad, and brutally honest.
In both Anomalisa and Synecdoche, Kaufman proves he’s comfortable with boring people before getting around to giving Kaufman’s fans what they have come to expect from him through movies like BJM and Adaptation. This movie is a slight step up from Synecdoche, but it’s still disappointing, although perhaps worth watching anyway.
Anomalisa review by Icedooitle – All the world’s a set
Michael Stone is a familiar character, an upper class man living a monotonous life on the cusp of a mid-life crisis. He craves substance and variety, but sees the world superficially as a chore that should have been completed long ago. How this premise differs from dozens of others is marvelous realism in interestingly unrealistic animation. I had to ask myself at the end of Anomalisa, “What did animation accomplish for this movie?” From a technical standpoint, nothing occurred on screen that couldn’t have been more easily accomplished from live action. The true purpose of the stop- motion animation with these marionette-like characters is to engross us in Michael’s mental state. He sees a world of puppets and seems to realize all the world’s a stage, or more appropriately, a set.
David Thewlis voices Michael with a dry British brogue that makes him both distinctive and superior to everyone else. In fact “Everyone Else” is a character in this film. Tom Noonan voices every man, woman, and child that Michael encounters. Noonan’s voice has the great effect of being placidly common. This allows him to make small variations to give each character its own personality without ruining the effect of insufferable monotony. Two characters voiced by the same person can have viscous confrontations and it’s still unmistakable that there are two characters. This is accomplished while making it glaringly clear that it’s completely inconsequential who these characters are.
Michael is a writer that preaches business models. What he laments about life is what he perpetuates, getting everyone on the same page. His job is going city to city, reading excerpts of his book to adoring entrepreneurs who have seen outstanding productivity growth based on his model. In one speech we hear him give details of his strategies in which he mentions recognizing clients as “individuals” and celebrating their diversity. These words are as hollow as the puppets he’s speaking to.
In most romances, there is a moment when the protagonist notices their counterpart. A “meet-cute” tugs at our heart strings and we follow them to a predictable end. The setting of Anomalisa allows for a profound moment for our protagonist to find his mate, a voice! Jennifer Jason Lee voices Lisa, a simple woman with low self-esteem and no exceptional virtues to speak of. She has to be special simply because she is not Tom Noonan. We have faith that there is something about Lisa souly on this basis, and Michael’s blind infatuation with her. In all of our lives we have seen a friend find their “one.” We may see red flags but nothing can convince them that this isn’t “the real thing.” This isn’t denial, just a hopeless optimism that is all encompassing. How Michael falls for Lisa is a perfect representation of how short sighted we all are in the initial stages of love. Some learn the hard way how fleeting certainty can be.
Charlie Kaufman movies can be a chore. They are always remarkable, often ingenious, but require multiple viewings to peel the labyrinthian onion. Anomalisa is no chore. The story is brief and the deep metaphors that we have come to expect are tied to the style. Duke Johnson is the co-director and animator on this project. His previous credits are low-budget shorts like “Moral-Oral” and “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole.” With claymation and stop-motion animation, talent can’t be taken for granted. An obscene amount of dedication and patience has to be employed to see a finished product. With an $8,000,000 budget, a masterpiece was created from a talented animator and one of the generation’s greatest writers. I don’t envy how they see the world, but it is a privilege to be shown.
Anomalisa review by Stephendaxter – Incredible Stop-Motion work, but a very overrated film
Whether a film is overrated or not is very, very subjective. ‘Overrated’ is a very strong word and should not be thrown around lightly when trying to describe a film as it will tend to lose its meaning. That being said, this movie is by far the definition of an overrated film, to me. ‘Anomalisa’ is a Stop-Motion Drama that highlights a day in the troubled life of Michael Stone where something out of the ordinary happens and he explores a relationship with a woman named Lisa. This is an incredibly small film and not many people would have heard of it. But once i did hear of it, seeing all of the incredible reviews it was getting and the 5/5’s on the poster made me very intrigued as to what all the fuss was about. And as it turns out, i didn’t think this movie was anything more than average, and far from the ‘Masterpiece’ it is being labeled as. A masterpiece of stop-motion technology? Definitely. But a Masterpiece film it is not.
What this film did incredibly well was it managed to capture human emotions, movements and performances so perfectly that you completely forget you are watching an animation. The way Director Charlie Kaufman brings these figures to life is amazing to see, and the performances he gets out of them are better than what you get from real people. This also brought life to the characters of Michael and Lisa and really allowed you to see them as real people with real distinct personalities. Michael is one of the more realistic and grounded human characters of 2015, he is clearly conflicted and has many flaws but none of them are hidden in favour of the story. I cannot stress enough how much he seems like a real person, that aspect of the film, the character creation, development, and exploration is like nothing i have ever seen in a stop-motion film, so i will give credit where credit is due. But other than that the film didn’t have anything to offer.
The storytelling was rather dull, depressing and only had a few moments where it was kinda engaging. When i say ‘story’ i am really talking about Michael’s journey to Cincinnati and the relationship between Michael and Lisa that ensues. It is rather light on story as it is focusing on the characters more, but with the overall tone and the events that occur it does get to some fairly dark and depressing levels that were hard to get into. It takes some kinda interesting turns occasionally and most definitely was not predictable but for the rest of the film i was left wanting more than just impressive Stop-Motion. The film begins and you start asking questions, then it keeps going and you start asking more and more questions whilst only receiving a few ambiguous answers. The reason why i feel this film is going to generate a lot of differing opinions is that it does require quite a bit of thinking on behalf of the viewer to come to a conclusion to what it all means. This is very evident from the directors choice to have David Thewlis voice Michael, Jennifer Jason Leigh voice Lisa, and Tom Noonan voice literally “everyone else”. It is definitely an artistic choice and not one based on laziness or budget issues, but it will raise a lot of questions with some people, and just bore others.
So in the end this was an overall disappointing and very overrated film that still had what may be the best use of stop-motion animation i have ever seen. It takes someone with a love for the artistic side of films to really get anything at all out of it, as to any casual movie-goer it will probably come across as a boring mess which is completely understandable. Watch it if you want, form your own opinion, i just hope it doesn’t make an impact at the Oscars.