Mary and Max – Review

Posted January 16, 2009 in
Mary and Max

Sundance Film Festival

Director: Adam Elliot

How refreshing to see a simple yet visually stunning claymation feature open the largest film festival in the country. Adam Elliot’s tale of loneliness, mental illness, and friendship was the booster shot Sundance needed to start their silver anniversary off in the right direction. Mary is a lonesome and timid eight-year-old who desperately seeks friendship in the suburbs of Mount Waverly, Australia. She has an alcoholic mother, a father obsessed with taxidermy, and her best friends are characters from a television show. Over 10,000 miles away, the obese and socially inept Max sits in his one-bedroom Manhattan apartment eating pre-packaged dinners with only the company of his fish and one-eyed cat. After a random act of inquisitiveness, a letter reaches Max’s doorstep with Mary’s childish handwriting complete with life’s questions. They soon develop an eternal bond of companionship without ever being in the same room. The artistic craftsmanship is nothing short of extraordinary and is complimented by the well-crafted voice talents of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette. Primarily told through clever narration (performed elegantly by Barry Humphries), Elliot’s life-long examination of Asperger Syndrome, told in 80 minutes, could go on for hours more and no one would disapprove.

- Jimmy Martin

Screening Times
January 16 - 6:30pm - Perry's Egyptian Theater, Ogden, Utah
January 17 - 6:30pm - Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC, Utah
January 24 - 6:15pm - Eccles Theatre, Park City, Utah