Mary and Max details
|Starring:||Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries, Bethany Whitmore, Michael Ienna|
|Genres:||Animated, Comedy, Drama|
Mary and Max
|Run time:||1 hour 28 minutes|
|Rental release:||24 Jan 2011|
|Main languages:||English, Yiddish|
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Great Aussie ExportBy fredfunk (28 reviews) from Derby , 05 Aug 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]There used to be only one king of claymation - Nick Park, for his brilliant Wallace and Gromit films. Now there are two - Adam Elliot has created a beautiful stop-motion world inhabited largely by it's two main characters, Mary and Max. One, a shy girl from Australia. The other, an obese man from New York who suffers from Asperges Syndrome. The two become pan-pals and over time develop a friendship that is tested as they learn more about each other.
Although children will no doubt love the visual aspect of the film as there are some appealingly cute characters, this is a film with adult themes that can be quite dark but also very funny. Mary is by far the cutest thanks to the superior voice acting of Toni Collette. Mind you, Philip Seymour Hoffman doesn't do a bad job voicing Max.
Visually, this is probably one of the most gorgeous animated films I have ever seen, especially on Blu-ray. The characters are beautifully crafted and animated, the sets looks amazing and it has a very distinctive style.
If you love animated films or simply love films then you must watch Max and Mary. It was snubbed in the animation category at the Oscars (criminally it wasn't even nominated) so please don't snub this yourself.
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Discover Something DifferentBy Chinry (13 reviews) , 30 Sep 2012A very clever piece of film making, this is a sentimental and heart-warming story about two lost people who find each other.
Mary is an Australian girl living in a broken home. Max is an overweight American 40 something who finds society confusing and upsetting. After Mary writes to an American she randomly chooses from the phone book, the two are connected and spend the next couple of decades writing back and forth to each other.
The pair both make, and break each other over the span of their friendship, all through the power of their letter writing. Though at many times there is sadness in both their lives, and both are seemingly unrelatable characters, the viewer is drawn in to sympathy and a longing for these two characters to find happiness.
The animation and the Jackanory-esque narration reflect the honesty and childlike nature of both characters. Serious moments are no less serious in this format, but show it as the otherworldy way the characters see their lives.
A lovely film.
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a stunning filmBy a customer , 04 Aug 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHidei dont normally go for animated films but i recomend this film to everyone ... it was sad funny witty and unusual it was the best animated film i have ever seen :]
Beautifully dark animationBy surreygirl (20 reviews) from Sutton , 26 Jul 2012This film was recommended to me by a friend. I wasnt sure about it to be honest; the subject matter didnt really grab me. However, after watching I have to tell you how wonderful this film is. Beautiful animation, the right amount of quirkiness and black humour combined with a lovely story of unique and unconventional friendship all add up to one of the best animated film I have seen in years.
Mary and Max is the story of two unlikely pen pals, with very different lives. Mary, an 8 year old girl living in Melbourne with two parents who ignore her, decides to write to Max, and forty something obese New Yorker with a penchant for chocolate hot dogs. Both Mary and Max experience heartache and dark events in their life, but continue to write to each other. How long will it be before it all comes to an end?
A surprising and very emotional ending, Mary and Max is one of those films that I will remember and recommend for many years to come. The potent mix of animation and dark humour is a mix not to be missed by anyone who loves film.
Unique, quirky, sad and excellentBy a customer , 12 Jul 2012I had never heard of this film before renting but am very glad to have seen it.
Not an easy watch by any means, but it was sweet, sad, funny, touching, gentle and life affirming.
All of the characters engaged me as a viewer and every emotion experienced, def one for grown ups , box of tissues needed but many laughs also to be had along the way.
A tale of acceptance of yourself and compassion for others without lecturing . Brilliant.
Wallace and Gromitt with Bells on!By stuartrox (10 reviews) from Birmingham , 20 Jun 2012Great film! Why have I never heard of it before - must get out more!! really clever, moving and witty film