Another day, another rewatch. Today I want to talk about Mary & Max, one of the most adorable movies of all time. I was rather surprised that apparently I never wrote a full review about this one. That simply won’t do, so let’s have a chat about Mary & Max!
The Plot (as found on RT):
A lonely Australian girl (Toni Collette) and an elderly Jewish man (Philip Seymour Hoffman) in New York develop an unlikely friendship through letters.
It’s almost impossible to give a description of Mary & Max that does the movie justice. It’s one of the most adorable yet also weirdest and saddest thing I have ever seen.
Let’s talk about the movie design and intricacy for a moment. Over 200 puppets and almost 500 miniature props where included to make this film. That just blows my mind. Imagine how many people had to work on that and how long it must have taken to finish every little detail. Just mad respect to everybody involved in that!
The finished project is absolutely beautiful. Even if you don’t care for the story, yu cannot deny that this is magnificiently done.
Then we have the story. Sure it is very weird at times but it’ll warm and break your heart at the same time. Watching this movie my feelings alternate between wanting to hug the screen, my belly aching from laughing too much and my poor little heart shattering for the characters’ sad lives. It’s rare that a movie manges to really make you feel all the feels, but this one certainly excels at that.
Mary is an adorable little girl but spends most of her time alone while dealing with an alcoholic mother. You cannot tell me that you can watch this film without wanting to take care of that girl and feed her a cookie or something. She’s precious and needs to be protected at all costs. She strikes up a pen-palship (is that a word? I’m sure you know what I mean 😅) with a man living at the other end of the world. While that might not be appropriate and more than a bit weird, they still become great friends. Max, the man she writes two, has Asperger’s.
Even though the movie is funny, I think it does a good job of dealing with that and finding a balance between jokes and still giving a respectful and accurate depiction. Sure there are some wonky scenes but I don’t think Max gets ridiculed or made fun of in any other way than the rest of characters.
The movies includes many rather gloom and depressing topics which you rarely see not just in film in general but in animation in particular. You’ll be surprised how deep a story this is! At first glance the humor might cover how deep the movie actually is.
I need everybody to watch this little gem of a movie. There is nothing that I could complain about. It’s such a wonderful production that combines many elements you wouldn’t expect to work but somehow still do.
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!