Anomalisa

A new review from the desk of The Movie Snob.

Anomalisa  (B).  This is a strange movie—but it was written by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), so it could hardly be otherwise.  It’s a stop-motion animated movie made with felt puppets, rather like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  But it’s justifiably rated R for “strong sexual content, graphic nudity, and language,” so on the other hand it’s really not like Rudolph at all.  The main character is Michael Stone (voice of David Thewlis, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I), a middle-aged guy who is deep in the grip of the existential blues as he lands in a rainy Cincinnati on a quick, banal business trip.  But Lisa (voice of Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Spectacular Now), a nice young woman with self-esteem problems, rather steals the show.  Anyway, the movie is a pretty effective portrayal of the loneliness, angst, and boredom of life.  Is it more than that?  Hard to say.  But it kept my interest, and that counts for something.