Booze Revooze: A Drinker’s Skewed View of Mary And Max

Mary And Max

[Click here for a guide to Booze Revooze and the rating system used]

Music from the film: Prokoviev’s “Dance of the Knights”, from Romeo and Juliet

Ramblings: Human Clay

Final Proof: 4 Shots

4 shotsi didn’t take my movie revooze notebook to this because i thought it was gonna be this sweet little kid’s movie and not at all what we serve on tap at the Bar None.

i was wrong.

Mary and Max was beautifully tragic, tragically dark, darkly beautiful, beautifully sad, sadly gorgeous and gorgeously ugly.

The story was simple yet moving and i even guy cried a few tears at the end. The look of the movie was as somber as the story but there was so much humanity in everything that touches the tale that we the viewer cannot help but be touched as well.

From a technical point of view, the clay-mation approaches perfection. Not surprising when you learn the guy who made this, Adam Elliot, spent five years pulling it all together. Jesus, i’m not sure there’s anything in my life worth five years’ time, other than friendships and family and romance and that kind of crap. i just mean, i’m not sure i can imagine a project where, after five years, i could stand back and say, “Yeah, i’m glad i took all that freakin’  the time to do that.”

A special  mention before i move on, to Philip Seymour Hoffman who does Max’s voice. You won’t even recognize it’s him, swear to god. If there’s an award for animated voice stylings, he should win. If there isn’t such an award they should invent one just so PSH can win it for this M&M.

Oh, btw, this isn’t a movie i’d take my 12-year-old to. It’s just a little too dark.

Buzz Kills (Watch out for Spoilers)

Sex: 0 Shots

It’s clay-mation, people. The only sex scene in the history of 2D/3D animation that counts is the one in Team America: World Police (and if you haven’t seen that scene you need to go out and rent it tonight).

Wait, i know! Toni Collette was the voice of Mary in this. So here are some pictures of Toni:

Toni Collette

Toni Collette

A Smoke

Drinks: 4 shots

4 shotsYeah, i know, right?!

This came as a huge surprise to me too. i was all settled into my little seat thinking there was no chance of any drink references at all when, imagine my surprise, inside the first five minutes i get:

  • A father who drinks Bailey’s and stuffs dead birds
  • A mother who’s “wobbly” from constantly testing the cooking sherry, which she describes to her daughter as “tea for adults”.
  • A little girl who believes babies come from the bottom of beer mugs.

After that, when the little girl grows up, she gets hooked on sherry as well. She buys it by the box and eventually stands on a coffee table, puts a noose around her neck, and swallows a handful of Valium.

Interestingly enough, the clay actors in this movie do a much better job of acting drunk than 99% of the ‘real’ actors out there.

Point being, alcohol and alcoholism were a very prevalent undercurrent in the movie.

A Smoke

Rock & Roll: 0 Shots

Y’all are kidding, right? Pink Martini and incidental music is all we get here. Look, here’s the link to the soundtrack. i bet you a beer you won’t find anything rock or roll anywhere even near this album.

Boring Technical Crap

Written & Directed by: Adam Elliot


Toni Collette – Mary Daisy Dinkle (voice)

Philip Seymour Hoffman – Max Jerry Horovitz (voice)

Bottom Line

See it.

6 thoughts on “Booze Revooze: A Drinker’s Skewed View of Mary And Max

  1. This is a perfect sentence to describe the movie: “Mary and Max was beautifully tragic, tragically dark, darkly beautiful, beautifully sad, sadly gorgeous and gorgeously ugly.” Completely! And you thought you would not need your notebook, lol. You did a great job of remembering the deets for this review, though. It was a surprising movie in many regards, huh. I really liked it, too.

  2. Ohhhh, I know ONE thing I do not like about this new format for the blog — there’s no way to get to the Previous and Next post within a post… It’s also a little hard to see what I am typing in this comment, too, just so you know.

    • I’ve had that in a few places where when you start commenting you lose the text you are commenting on. I usually use the “tabs” option from the browser and open the same page on two different tabs and toggle. Kinda awkward, but thats the way I roll.

  3. The movie wasn’t entirely without sex… if I recall correctly, there were a couple of dogs getting it on in one of the opening scenes.

    • Tcoop!

      Welcome to The Bar None, brother! Pull up a stool, make yourself at home and what can i get you to drink?

      Very astute comment…i’m pretty sure there were a couple doggies doing it with style in the beginning. Good eyes, man!

      Thanks for patronizing me, brother. If you had fun, next time bring a friend,

      Al K Hall

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