Thursday, 22 January 2015

Film Review: Australia - Mary & Max (2009)

Mary & Max (2009)

Mary and Max (2009), written and directed by Adam Elliot, is an Australian clay stop-motion animation based on a true story. The animation itself is mostly filmed in black and white with hints of monochrome and red. The film features one of Australia's famous comedians, Barry Humpries; who is most commonly recognized and known for his stage alter ego Dame Edna Everage.

The story unfolds around the lives of pen pals eight-year-old Mary Daisy Dinkle, and forty-four-year-old Max. The two share and interest in chocolate and the fictional television program called 'The Noblets'. Mary and Max soon begin to realize that a complete stranger can often become the closest of friend.

The animation is engaging, insightful, familiar, yet very unusual at the same time. It allows the viewer to interpret the story and characters without any suppression and strict direction. It allows an open mind to things we find difficult to encounter and how such an innocent gesture can be taken completely differently to someone else. It is a roller-coaster of a narrative with it's highs and lows; yet never fails to capture the moment that can uplift and inspire anyone.

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