Michael Stone is trapped in world where everyone looks and sounds the same, until he meets a young woman named Lisa.
Romantic comedies and supernatural romances have earned a bad reputation as being cheap and predictable entertainment. Anomalisa is truly an anomaly in that it is romantic, comedic, and with a hint of magical realism–but it is far from cheap or predictable.
Those familiar with Charlie Kaufman’s previous films, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich, will understand that the world of Anomalisa defies traditional categorization. The story is honest while the setting is impossible.
The stop-motion puppetry is more than a stylistic choice. It’s an active reminder that Michael lives in a world of fake people from which there is no escape. While many romantic movies celebrate love as youthful and undying, Anomalisa revels in the ephemerality of relationships.
While the film was released several years ago back in 2015, not many people (including myself) went out to see it. In reviewing Anomalisa, I wanted to shine a spotlight on a film that embodies the creative potential for stop-motion and adult animation.