3.5

Mary and Max

Animation Comedy Drama


 

A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals.

This meticulously constructed claymation is a mostly sombre film for older audiences. The characters and their surrounds are faultlessly observed, giving rise to frequent humorous moments, lifting the tone from what may have otherwise been despairingly gloomy. The predominantly monochromatic landscape serves to reinforce the serious nature of the themes of loneliness and mental illness. The movie is so finely balanced that ultimately the desperate is also oddly endearing.

Anne Murphy

Limited Release 9th April 2009
92 mins