Mary Daisy Dinkle is a chubby, eight-year old girl from Australia who is neglected by her parents and has no friends. She then finds a pen pal named Max Jerry Horovitz who is an atheist, obese, mentally ill, loner living in New York City. For a twenty-year span, the two write letters and send each other things as they answer each others questions involving the issues in life.
Of all the themes director Adam Elliot could have gone with for "Mary and Max", he chose life and all the issues that come with it. "Mary and Max" is a extremely unique animated film that treats itself as it was live action. The characters are awesomely designed with realistic issues. When they're stressed, you feel stressed. When they're sad, you feel depressed. Many emotions and sparks fly in the film. I did not cry but I felt that someone has grabbing my heart with a tight grip.
Its a claymation film with very strong, mature PG-13 themes. The animation was gnarly. Almost every prop in this was designed with clay and I am very proud at the animators. I've mentioned how strong the themes are and the animation and design of the characters don't seem to go along with that. However, the films makes us deal with that. I would've given this film 100% if it was live action but the animation aspect is still quite beautiful. I tend to be put off by narration in films but that is what "Mary and Max" was built upon and Adam Elliot made it tolerable and interesting.
The voice acting was phenomenal. Whoever voiced Young Mary in the beginning did a fantastic job. Toni Collette was awesome as older Mary. This is the second film I've seen with her, the first being "The Sixth Sense", and my first ever with Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He was excellent as Max added much, much emotion into the terribly troubled character. The narrator, who sounded like Geoffery Rush, was very good. Maybe the best narrator (who is not a chatacter) that I've seen in any film.
The film has well crafted opening credits that give us an a very good look at part of the film's setting. Once the narration kicks in, it adds very funny lines and unexpected, and some vulgar, humor. Once the character's issues kick in, the movie takes a very different direction to a emotional romp. Elliot knows how to make a scene more intense as it progresses. For example, the acclaimed "Que Sera?" sequence. My. Jaw. Dropped.
It is no way intended for children and that probably is the best thing about it. "Mary and Max" is a top-notch film that gives us an excellent look at life and its issues. If you are currently down in the dumps, get your butt up and rent this movie. It'll probably make you more depressed but make you appreciate your life more and make you so grateful that you neither Mary nor Max. I wonder if this is really based on a true story as it said at the start of the film. This is a film that is 100% guaranteed to stay in your memory. You need to see this. I urge you to. Big Oscar snub, I'm talking about right here. Well, I gotta go. I need to go watch the latest episode of "The Noblets". Thanks for reading and leave clean comments below.
"The stars made more sense."