#163: Mary and Max (2009)

When and how did I watch this?

December 24th, 2015, on Amazon Instant Video.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Never heard of it, and I dove right in.

What do I know about it now?

The film was entirely claymation.  You’d think this would diminish its quality, but it had the opposite effect.  At the core bearing a darker motif, the movie managed to work in a touching story and illustrated autism very tactfully, employing humor several times, and tying everything off perfectly. Two flawed people exchange letters, entirely of happenstance, and both parties are profoundly affected, not because it’s some magical exchange or romantic premise, but because they need each other, much like how each of us need relationships to function in life.  There are endless parallels to Christian lessons that can be drawn with little effort.

What are some themes in the film?

Autism, abuse, psychology, relationships, empathy/apathy (well-contrasted), self-worth, pride

Did this affect me personally?

Yes.  Some of it hit really home.

Why is this ranked #163?

Those who have been blessed enough to encounter this one likely admire the described traits.  Well done, my friends.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She loved everything about it. It was a welcome reprieve from the violence and vulgarity.

Would I watch it again?

Yes.  It’s a story worth repeating.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Once you see it, you can’t unsee it.  And that’s good thing.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Indeed. It’s a well-thought out, moving story and transcends its own medium. It’s hard to ignore its greatness once you actually find out it exists.

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