Watch: Anomalisa 2015 123movies, Full Movie Online – Michael Stone, an author that specializes in customer service, is a man who is unable to interact deeply with other people. His low sensitivity to excitement, and his lack of interest made him a man with a repetitive life on his own perspective. But, when he went on a business trip, he met a stranger – an extraordinary stranger, which slowly became a cure for his negative view on life that possibly will change his mundane life..
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Reviewing this film gives me great pleasure as I thought it was very well made. It is a beautiful film about the isolation and the disembodiment of modern society. ‘Anomalisa’ tells the story of a man called Michael Stone played by David Thewlis on a business trip and we realise how lonely he is.The film is made using start-stop animation puppetry which had been chosen for amazing effect. Each character has the same face (seemingly like masks) and everyone has the same monotonic voice apart from the two main characters. This makes the themes of identity and loneliness so very profound and imaginative.
The repetitiveness of the main character’s lifestyle comes to a halt when he overhears a guest in his hotel which is cleverly named The Fregoli which is the name of a mental condition to do with paranoia. This guest turns out to be voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh. She is the only other voice heard and Stone is enchanted by her and instantly asks for her to go back to his room. He makes her sing and listens to her intently. There is a very graphic sex scene which would be humourous in any other circumstance but it is very moving and beautiful.
I won’t talk any more about the story as it’ll ruin it. ‘Anomalisa’ is a very clever film from the mind who brought us ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, ‘Adaptation.’ and ‘Being John Malkovich’ and it shows. Everything about it is expertly done. It is sad that this was only up for ‘Best Animated Feature’ alongside two dimensional children’s cartoons at the Academy Awards and it wasn’t recognised for being the great film that it is.
> Through the eyes of one who thinks everyone in the world is alike.
The film was based on the stage play. Originally it was meant for a short movie, but during in the production it was extended to a feature film length and ended up knocking the Oscars door. A R-rated stop-motion animation, which is the first in the history of the Academy Awards to get a nomination. My last stop-motion was the last year’s ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’, so that makes this kind of filmmaking is going extinct. For that reason alone, I just don’t want to miss it out, as well as I prepared to enjoy every bit of it and so I suggest others to do the same if they find it interesting.
My expectation was quite simple which is entertainment. But usually animations are comedies, in that perspective, this is slightly a letdown. Wait, this film is for adults and of course the humours in this narration was delivered on its own style like a black comedy. It is a weird title right! But the film explains it in a simple manner. That’s not it, there are more weird stuffs in it, like I was confused over the character voice tones for both the sexes and again the film had the reasons which will be revealed at a crucial segment.
It was something like ‘Lost in Translation’, about a middle-aged man named Michael Stone, who is on a trip to Cincinnati to promote his latest book. Slowly it unfolds what kind of person he’s really and going further, his struggle in the married life comes the prime focus. So this tour opens a new door for him once again to fall in love which leads him for a tough decision to make. But at a certain extent, the reality check comes into play. About everything he’s doing and all the life he left behind makes him feel he’s trapped in some kind of delusion. His ultimate decision is where this tale going to conclude.
> “Sometimes there’s no lesson.
> That’s a lesson in itself.”
The camera never takes off its lens in its throughout narration on the main character, Stone. Right from the beginning till the final scene, the film follows him like in a real time. So the entire film was like everything that happened in a 24 hour. That’s the character development you would get. Besides, there are scenes, like the sex part that may stun you. Because it was not like I have ever seen one, not in animation. Even compared it to the Hentai, Hentai was 2 dimensional pictures whereas this is technically a 3 dimensional, so the effect was much more realistic and the impact on the viewers definitely will be strong.
The real problem those who saw it to end up in a disappointment is that it’s not your regular animation. Which is usually aimed for children and family audience, but adults too can have a great time, whereas this film had a very matured and sensitive contents. Maybe they did not want the display of the real life experience to be narrated with a bunch of toys. But in the perspective of stop-motion animation, it is a great artistic achievement. It is not only their anticipation that killed their joy, but failing to accept the fact that we see regularly in the live-shot films to see them again in a different format.
What I liked the most in it was the message regarding the main character on his suffering. When he sits in front of the antique he bought for his son which makes him realise himself on what he’s seeking in others around him. But what’s his delusion is that he thinks the world is not balanced, everyone are alike. So what he actually needs is a redefined life, in which this film portrayed how close he came to one before everything shattered.
This is not just a comedy, but a very real film for the people who wants to understand the life on its different stages and threat it poses where every one of us go through in our lifetime. Surely it is no masterpiece, but there’s no reason to ignore on the subject it deals. It will remain one of the best stop-motion animation, exclusively made for adults. There are grown up who simply ignore animations, because they think it is too cartoonish. Undoubtedly it will be a good film them to try.
Puzzled by The Acclaim
This is a small film – by which I mean it’s not a great one. This is, of course, in contrast to all the critical praise which has been heaped on it. The word “masterpiece” has featured in many reviews, but I can’t agree. I’d stress that I’m a huge Charlie Kaufman fan and my anticipation on going to see the film was equally as big as my disappointment after I’d done so. So what’s the problem? I think it’s the smallness of the story;yes it’s about alienation,yes it’s clever, yes the sex scene is achingly real and uncomfortable, but this movie has only a few points to make – mostly about alienation and the “otherness” of people – and while it makes them well, they don’t amount to a decent movie. Thinking about it afterwards – and puzzled by the praise it has received and disconcerted by my own disappointment – I realised that if this movie has been made with human actors it simply wouldn’t get the same sort of critical acclaim, in fact, it would be deemed dull, dull, dull. The thing which lifts it out of the ordinary – but not into the extraordinary – is the fact that it’s told via animation. I urge anyone who loves the movie to try and imagine sitting through the same script acted by real people – it would be achingly boring.
Abstract Anomaly that Doesn’t Quite Cut it
Reviewed by: Dare Devil Kid (DDK)
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
‘m a bit mystified by the accolades of “masterpiece” that are being heaped upon “Anomalisa”, a stop-motion animation drama co-directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. It’s a unique film, no doubt, and one that takes a lot of risks and has a number of scenes that work quite beautifully. It has the mordant, awkward bits of humor and wry observation we have come to expect from Kaufman, but not the insight; it’s all surface, which is inadvertently personified by the artifice of the stop-motion animation. The film is supposed to tell us something about human relationships and the conflict between our ideals and our reality, but it’s all muddled, which is what makes its near universal praise by critics so bewildering. Kaufman has certainly earned his share of deserved praise for his inimitable, boundary-pushing screenplays for Spike Jonze’s “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation”, and Michel Gondry’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. But, he’s also hit a few critical bumps along the way, including an earlier collaboration with Gondry, “Human Nature”, and his directorial debut, the unmitigated mess “Synecdoche, New York”. “Anomalisa”, while not quite like the latter, isn’t also anywhere near to the quality of the former.
The majority of the film takes place in a nondescript upscale hotel in Cincinnati, where Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis), a published customer service guru on the lecture circuit, has just arrived. Though a conventionally handsome man in his early 50s who is clearly successful professionally and financially, Michael joins the ranks of miserable Kaufman protagonists whose lives are constantly running aground on their own ennui. Potential redemption arrives in the form of Lisa Hesselman (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a conference attendee he meets at the hotel and to whom he is instantly drawn. Severely lacking in self-esteem and poignantly awkward, Lisa is not the conventional object of male desire, but that is precisely what makes her so fascinating (and Michael’s attention so surprising to her).
The film is irrefutably a technical marvel, spectacularly illustrating how stop-motion animation can be just as physically and emotionally convincing as any other medium of human expression or technical wizardry. The puppets, which were individually designed and printed using 3D printers, are amazingly lifelike – almost, but not quite, to the point of being uncanny. They stay just this side of the uncanny valley, never venturing toward that precipitous drop- off where animation that is too lifelike becomes weird.
The problems with “Anomalisa” stem from the two main characters, starting with Michael, who is such a miserable, self-absorbed mope that it’s virtually impossible to sympathize with him. Michael’s physical mundanity belies the intensity of his narcissism, which keeps him from connecting with anyone and ensures that he remains miserable and alone, even when surrounded by others. Early on in the film, we become aware that all the other characters — from a chatty cab driver, to the hotel bellhop, to Michael’s wife and son and ex-girlfriend – all have the exact same voice (Tom Noonan’s voice, to be exact). It’s a clever, albeit potentially confusing, means of conveying the sameness with which Michael views everyone around him, which is heightened by the fact that all the faces on the puppets playing the other characters are oddly similar, as well. The key is the name of the name of hotel where Michael stays: the Hotel Fregoli, a reference to the real- life, but extremely rare Fregoli delusion, a psychological disorder in which a person comes to believe that different people around him are actually the same person in disguise. We aren’t meant to think that Michael actually suffers from this disorder (although he says several times that he feels like something is wrong with him psychologically); rather, it plays as a kind of metaphor for Michael’s interpersonal isolation, which renders everyone around him a single, undifferentiated mass to whom he cannot connect.
Except Lisa. When he hears Lisa’s voice, he recognizes her as fundamentally distinct from all the others and immediately seeks her out. Jennifer Jason Leigh does a fantastic job voicing Lisa, and she makes her the most interesting character on-screen (which she is clearly meant to be – a lovable oddball). But, the film stalls emotionally because there is never any depth or meaning to Michael’s intense attraction to her. The film is resolutely concrete in depicting his depressive moroseness, but then it gets all abstract when it comes to his propensity for love, which throws everything off-balance. Thus, even the film’s most touching sequence – a rather graphic sex scene that plays fair with the inherent awkwardness of two people who barely know each other suddenly getting intimate – doesn’t ultimately work because it has nothing emotional to connect to except an idea. Thus, it works in isolation, but not in concert with the rest of the film.
The fundamental problem with “Anomalisa” is that it’s little more than the story of an unsympathetic narcissist assigning his piece of mind to a good-hearted oddball. As a romance, it doesn’t work because we just want Lisa to get away from Michael lest he drag her into his sad- sack pit of despair. As an interpersonal cautionary tale it doesn’t work because the film’s attitude toward Michael is so vague. Had it been more clear about what we were supposed to make of his relationship with Lisa – is it a genuine spark of compatible souls meeting at the wrong time or is Michael just a myopic, misguided jerk with no idea of what he wants – then “Anomalisa” might have registered as something more, even if it were just an indictment of its protagonist. Alas, it ends up as a stew of potentially interesting ideas brought to life with amazing artistry that can’t quite hide its hollow core.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 30 min (90 min)
Genre Animation, Comedy, Drama
Director Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman
Writer Charlie Kaufman
Actors David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan
Country United Kingdom, United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 25 wins & 79 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, Datasat
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Canon EOS 7D (stills)
Laboratory Light Iron (digital intermediate)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format Digital (Digital Cinema Package DCP)