Thursday, 15 January 2015

Film Review - World Animation: Mary and Max (2009)

"Mary and Max" is a 2009 Australian clay-animated black comedy-drama film written and directed by Adam Elliot and produced by Melanie Coombs. The voice cast included Philip Seymour HoffmanToni ColletteEric BanaBethany Whitmore, with narration by Barry Humphries.

Adam Elliot is an independent Australian stop-motion animation writer and director based in Melbourne, Australia. His five films have collectively participated in over six-hundred film festivals and have received over one hundred awards, including an Oscar for "Harvie Krumpet".

Spanning 20 years and two continents, "Mary and Max" tells of a pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle, a chubby, lonely eight-year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia; and Max Horovitz, a severely obese, 44-year-old Jewish man with Asperger's Syndrome living in the chaos of New York City. As "Mary and Max" chronicles Mary's trip from adolescence to adulthood, and Max's passage from middle to old age, it explores a bond that survives much more than the average friendship's ups-and-downs.

A very funny yet bitter sweet clay animation by Adam Elliot who tells the stories of two very misunderstood characters in a unique way. The attention to detail is incredibly well done especially for Max's bleak environment in New York by presenting it in greyscale. The narrative presents the ideal about how our expectations and realities of someone or something never match up perfectly.

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