I have been wanting to see this movie since I saw the first trailer, however it never came close enough to where I live to see it in theaters. I have learned that I really enjoy Kaufman's writing. I really liked "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and this film. I don't remember much about "Adaptation" other than I watched it a couple of years ago on TV, but I plan on re-watching that soon. His writing is so brilliantly existential.
I was constantly enthralled in the philosophical debates of the characters, both internal and external. I often laughed at the humor, because it is the dark humor that I relate to. The writing made me feel like I was in this world, that I knew these people in such a short amount of time. The film definitely did its job in this respect.
The film was also cinematographically beautiful. The animation was amazing. The production design was phenomenal. The cinematography was excellent. The score was fabulous. All of these things contribute to an aesthetically pleasing viewing experience. In a few places, I even forgot for a second that it was animated because of the realism and the artistry involved.
I usually review the acting for bringing the characters to life, but I also have to give credit to the animators. The emotions of Michael were absolutely perfect. So many times have all of us felt these emotions that he shows on screen, and they were captured perfectly, both in his facial expression and his voice (David Thewlis). As an audience, we can relate to his frustration, passion, joy, disappointment, and other emotions. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when Michael curses a shower for not having the right temperature. The cinematography and animation of this scene is phenomenal, but it also excels in the body movements and the expression of Michael that are so realistic. Jennifer Jason Leigh also did an amazing job as Lisa. With her, you get this likable and relatable feeling of childlike blindness to the world. I also very much liked the choice of Tom Noonan as Everyone Else because of his monotonous voice, which would normally be a bad thing, but is perfect for this part.
I am happy that this film was made into an animated film, because as a radio play, or even a live-action film, it would not have been able to capture the amazing surrealist elements of the film so well. I was extremely pleased with this movie and I highly recommend it.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: Digital that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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