Mary and Max
Mary and Max – Movie Review
It is a simple tale of pen-friendship between two very different people; Mary Dinkle, living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and New Yorker Max Horovitz. Spanning 20 years and 2 continents, Mary and Max’s friendship survives much more than the average diet of life’s ups and downs.
MARY AND MAX is a movie that is a little hard to describe, except by the words wonderful and fresh and kind of depressing. It’s all done in animation, but this ain’t your grannie’s Disney Snow White. It had some genuinely hilarious moments in it. Our narrator is an eight year-old, to start with. The voiceover narrator describes our heroine, Mary, as having eyes the color of muddy puddles and a birth mark that’s the same color as poo, which sets the theme for the whole movie. The idea is that she is living in Australia. She eventually morphs into Toni Collette and develops a friendship who is Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who’s name is Max, who lives in New York, and the same characteristics that they both have in common, even though one is 8 and the other is 44, is they’re completely friendless. It turns out that Max has Aspberger’s Syndrome, which we don’t find out until later. It’s not cheerful. It is thought-provoking, it is sweet, it is quite charming and it’s a five-star movie as far as I’m concerned. Go see Mary and Max.