Monday, August 20, 2012

Media Monday: Max and Mary

It's  been awhile, but I decided to resurrect Media Monday for the movie, Max and Mary, that I just saw through Netflix. It's a clay-mation flick and I've always had a soft spot in my heart for those. this movie is definitely an adult clay-mation, since it deals with some heavy topics such as suicide, alcoholism, and sex (not that there is a clay-mation sex scene). But despite it's heavy material, it's heartwarming in an off-beat, unusual way.

The movie is about a little girl who, through a series of fortunate events, becomes a pen pal to a man who has Asperger's who lives in New York City. The movie shows how their letters allow a friendship to blossom and make both of them feel less isolated. There's a moment of betrayal and then that moment is rectified, so that they can come together in the end. The story itself is rather formulaic, but the idiosyncrasies are endearing and the message is universal. Everyone feels alone and everyone is merely trying to feel less alone.

The ending isn't necessarily your typical happy ending. It's a little sad and it's a little happy. But at the same time, that's a lot like life, isn't it?


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