Although a Studio Ghibli production, do not expect this film to be tied to the very recognizable Ghibli artistic line, with its own humble and calm style transmitted throughout. Yet this schism helps the movie overall, as no comparisons or connections are ever made to any of the other Ghibli productions, and audiences are always attentive to the film as a unique expression of creative geniality. At firsthand, it conveys the emotion of a gentle stroll through an animated art gallery, with dulcet and peaceful natural tunes lulling a sense of tranquility and escapism. And even though there are harsh segments, they are never chaotic, always having a somewhat soothing, organized, and almost philosophical transcendence. The story, brimming with metaphorical connections and different interpretations, boils down to the tale between man and nature, a tale that tasks us with understanding our place in the nature of things and with who we are. Without spoilers, we can see the fight between the inner psyche of man as well as his outer, physical being; the clash between what man doesn’t understand and wishes to attain, and though it’s an animated film, it more accurately portrays the feelings of being stranded on an island (be that island metaphorical or not) than many of its similar peers (ex: cast away).
After his success film animating the comic book series “Tintin”, Spielberg used the knowledge he acquired to tackle a bigger challenge in adapting Roald Dahl’s The Big Friendly Giant. The world is as engrossing as always, mixing digital and live action in an unobtrusive way that adds to the general ambience. In a way, he manages to tell a fairytale story that feels just right, neither too real nor too fictitious, and 3D viewing is a must, as the movie breathes and deepens with every puddle of water, street corner, alley and house. The added profundity from 3D means that viewers can almost peer inside the little intricacies of Spielberg’s universe in what can almost be considered a microcosm. Unfortunately, the child actor isn’t up to the task of transmitting or expressing emotions that feel authentic, and the plot becomes dull after the second half of the film. Sadly, this isn’t because of the movie per-se, but only because the BFG has a plot that doesn’t bode well in its transition from printed media to theatre.
At first sight, Anomalisa might be confused as being another animated film, catering to young audiences and with friendly tones and easygoing plots. But for those curious enough to watch this concealed gem, Anomalisa brings a very adult film brimming with hidden meanings, certifying just how deep Kaufman’s work can be. Stop motion animation works favorably in this case, and beholds a unique style when telling the sad tale of Michael Stone, the main protagonist. He is a puppet, and his mask represents society as a whole, from which he desperately wants to escape (along with the monotonous tones of those around him).