Mary and Max: Animated Movie Excellence

Mary and Max
It’s the marvellous Mary and Max.

Today, rather than doing the silliness which normally populates our blog, we’re covering the excellent dark comedy Mary and Max. An Australian film (and Australians are really making some great stuff at the moment, Animal Kingdom etc.), Mary and Max was a 2009 effort by Adam Elliot.

The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman (who we like to dub Hoffers) as Max, Bethany Whitmore/Toni Collette as Mary, Renee Geyer as Mary’s very drunk mother, and Barry Humphries as the Narrator. Oh yeah, and the film’s a claymation type thing.

Mary and Max

SO! There’s Mary, a lonely little schoolgirl in Australia who is something of an outsider. Her parents don’t put any useful development into her, particularly her always-very-pissed-mother Vera, so she takes an interest in TV, condensed milk, her pet rooster Ethel, and the boy who lives next door.

Still very lonely, she decides to arbitrarily write to someone in America. The random dude she picks turns out to be Max, an obese chap with Asperger Syndrome. Max, also a loner, suddenly has his eyes opened to a world he doesn’t understand. He stares at Mary’s initial letter for 18 solid hours before finally deciding to respond.

Mary in action!

Over the years their relationship develops. Max’s obesity worsens, as does his lust for chocolate hotdogs – an invention of chocolate in hot dog bread. They share the trials and tribulations of their life with honesty and eventually decide to meet.

It’s Max and his cat Hal.

So that’s the plot. Why’s it so bloody good, dammit? It just is, okay? Those of a pious nature may not enjoy some of its themes, but the duo’s contemplations on life, their wit, and confusion, make for one hell of a viewing experience. It’s darkly amusing, too, so have your hankies ready for the ending.

Rating

Baked potatoes growing a garden atop of their heads.

It’s clever, witty, funny, cute, dark, clever, dark, funny, witty, and clever. We highly rate it and award it the GRANDE DON (whatever that is) of film review scores with a near perfect Baked Potato rating! And, boy, that means you really should watch it as fast as your legs can carry you!

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