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Issue: Summer 2015-6

Anomalisa (2015) movie review

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Movie poster, Anomalisa

A motivational speaker arrives in Cincinnati for an engagement. He desperately seeks companionship.

Would it surprise you to discover that the actors in this movie are puppets? Beautifully detailed, human-like creations voiced by the likes of David Thewlis and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It is a simple story in a slightly surreal world.

Scripter and co-director Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich), Duke Johnson and their team create a universe that we can believe is a representation of our own. Computer graphics (CGI) and special effects makeup and prosthetics have prepared us for accepting a story for grown ups peopled with anatomically correct fabric beings.

At 90 minutes, this film wastes no time in telling the story. Early references are paid off, which is always satisfying, and it all makes sense in the end. Ultimately a satisfying movie-going experience.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 04 February, 2016
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Just the facts:

Title: Anomalisa (2015)
Written by: Charlie Kaufman (script, novel)
Directed by: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman
Running time: 90 mins

The Players: David Thewlis (voice), Jennifer Jason Leigh (voice), Tom Noonan (voice)

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