Music from the film: Prokoviev’s “Dance of the Knights”, from Romeo and Juliet
Ramblings: Human Clay
Final Proof: 4 Shots
i 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:
Drinks: 4 shots
Yeah, 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.
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)