Mary and Max

Title: Mary and Max
Year: 2009
Length: 92 minutes
Director: Adam Elliot
Writer: Adam Elliot
Starring: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Humphries
Music: Dale Cornelius

My reaction
Synopsis: two social misfits are pen pals
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Concept: Indifferent.
Story: Good. It’s not so much that it’s a good story, but that the telling of it is great. Elliot has a peculiarly poetic way of writing (peculiar for film, anyway) that defies a grade in this category.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Great.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great.
Music: Good. Most of the score is great, but there’s some other music that’s not so good.
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites). I love Elliot’s stuff, and this is easily his best yet. Sad and funny and beautiful.
Objective Rating: 3.6/4 (Great).


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