Film Reviews, Short Review

Mary and Max (2009)

4/4

Quite possibly the greatest stop-motion animation of all time. Nay, one of the greatest animated films of all time. Nay, one of the greatest films of all time! Mary and Max is designed to hit the audience squarely in the feels every single time. It manages that by being completely sympathetic to both of its main characters. Whilst both Mary and Max do spend a solid portion of the film having things go wrong in their lives, director Adam Elliot allows us to enjoy their company – though both introverted outsiders, we are allowed to get close to their hopes and dreams and good natures. And when the two are imbued respectively with the voices of Toni Collette and Phillip Seymour Hoffman (in what might be the late actor’s best role ever; a damn claymation puppet of all things), well…those feels are gonna hurt.

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