“Anomalisa” is one of those movies that everyone insisted I watch late last year. I saw a bit of it, but never finished. I don’t know whether it was mood or whatever. I just hate people insisting a movie upon me. Then, I took the time a few weeks ago to really sit down with “Anomalisa”. What I saw changed my worldview of Tom Noonan. Well, not Tom Noonan as a person. But, how Tom Noonan gets used as the lack of vocal identity in the movie.
What started as some sort of radio play in 2005 has now become something quite interesting in 2015. David Thewlis stars as the depressed lead who tours around America doing speaking tours of his instructional books. He meets a depressing Jennifer Jason Leigh, who becomes the first Tom Noonan voice that he has heard in years. The two bond and try to make a relationship breaking out of the norm. However, it doesn’t work.
Watching as Thewlis self destructs and kills his last shot at happiness is staggering. Given the nature of his nightmares and what the film accomplishes through subtle audio and visual cues, it’s hard to tell if the film could’ve worked in a traditional manner. But, it doesn’t matter. Starburn Industries, Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman have created a film that matters and we’re all better for it. Pick it up, if you haven’t already.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 2.0