Mary and Max (2009) Review


Mary and Max (2009)

Tagline: Some perfect strangers make good friends.

Promotional movie poster

Surprise blog entry for you guys today (and possibly for the week…). A lot of things can be said about this one, perhaps even relate to some of us. First of all, it is another claymation (stop-motion clay animation), which I will say I enjoy watching because of the plasticine models and miniature props. Second, here is a question: Do you have a pen pal when you were younger (or otherwise, any point in life at all)? Well, some of us would say our life on the internet is, in a way, our little world of pen (well, keyboard, in this case) pals. As long distance goes, it doesn’t always work, but it often leaves us curious about that friend of ours. What are they doing at this hour? Maybe they’re online right now, just waiting for a message from you!

Back to the point, this might be a movie for you if you’ve been in the same situation as this blogger (a handful of people to write to is a different experience than talking in person with people you see everyday), as “Mary and Max (2009)” is a tale about a little girl in Australia, who befriends a man in New York, disagnosed with Aspersger Syndrome and their warm, mutual friendship through words on a white sheets of paper. We go back to Australia 1976, to a town called Mount Waverly, where Mary Daisy Dinkle, a daughter of an alcoholic, kleptomaniac mother and her husband who works at a tea bag factory and has a hobby of stuffing dead birds he find. Mary is a young girl whom finds it hard to fit in in school, being teased by classmates for having an unusual birthmark on her forehead. She has no friends and the only friend she has is her crippled WWII veteran neighbor. Meanwhile in New York, an over weighted man named Max Jerry Horowitz lived a secluded life in an apartment, making little contact with the world around him nor understanding it through his eyes and he too, longs for a friend. Through a lucky fate, Mary finds his name in the yellow pages for New York an decides to write to him, which would change their lives from then on.

Max Jerry Horowitz (voiced by Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Mary Daisy Dinkle (voiced by Bethany Whitmore)

A though-provoking and tear-jerking film, directed by Adam Elliot; another great one from the Sundance Film Festival, that gives us that warm and fuzzy feeling inside after the credits roll. Be warned though, there are some subjects of the film which are dodgy (either seen through the innocent, naive eyes of Mary and her modest idea of baby-making or just a visual (but thankfully, not a point of interest) au natural moments in some scenes. Not many animations focus on such themes as this one, not even those Disney cartoons with tunes that get stuck in your head for a decade or so. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel for them!

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One Response to “Mary and Max (2009) Review”

  1. I love any movie with Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Great actor.

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