It’s art, not entertainment.
Look, I like Charlie Kaufman’s work. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich are both mind-bending, terrific films. I admire the man’s mission to subvert Hollywood conventions in everything he does, and I was excited to see Anomalisa. The animation is initially intriguing, sure, but I found it more unsettling than anything. Maybe this is the point. I don’t know. The bigger problem is that almost nothing happens for the first half of the film; it’s a mundane slog. It does eventually get interesting and even compelling, but by then it had lost me. Yes, there’s some good stuff in there. Yes, it will make you think. But Anomalisa isn’t interested in your enjoyment as an audience member. The film is only 90 minutes, but it feels like forever. You have been warned.