Mary and Max: DVD Review
Mary and Max
Released by Warner Bros Home Video
Voices by Barry Humphries,
Toni Collette, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Eric Bana
This beautifully funny, wry and affecting stop motion claymation film tells
the apparently true story of an Australian 8-year old girl, Mary, socially
outcast and awkward.
One day in 1976, she decides
to start a pen friendship with a random name she pulls out of the phone book.
That person turns out to be Max, a 40something
clinically obese, diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, NY resident.
So they begin corresponding and an unlikely friendship
grows thanks to the extraordinary frankness of these two penpals.
Mary and Max is a beautifully dour piece of claymation
animation, tinged with a sadness and dark (at times bleak) humour.
It's narrated by Barry Humphries (aka Dame Edna) and
has its main characters voiced by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette -
it's hard to pin down exactly what its appeal is.
It's a nice mix of humour in unexpected places - laugh out loud funny
in some and reflective in others. There's also some sadness in the film but
overall Mary and Max is a crowd pleasing treat. It takes a little while to get
used to - but before you know it, you've invested so much in this delightful
pair and are hanging on every letter to be delivered between these two unlikely
Mary and Max is just a sweet and oddly engaging film;
it's dripping with poignancy and black humour - and a real celebration of the
simple joy of unadultered friendship.