“Max hoped Mary would write again. He’d always wanted a friend. A friend that wasn’t invisible, a pet or rubber figurine.”
– The Narrator
This is a movie that I saw a while ago and I thought was absolutely delightful. I enjoyed it so much. It spoke to something inside of me.
Mary and Max is an Autralian claymation directed by Adam Elliot. It is the beautiful story of the two most unlikely pen pals that could ever be: Max Horowitz, an anxious and obese Jew in New York City and Mary Dinkle, a friendless eight year old girl in Australia. One fateful day, Mary rips Max’s address from a phone book and writes to him with questions and includes a chocolate bar. Thus a twenty year correspondence friendship of the deepest kind began, which survived the ups and downs of life, severe depression, major differences and ridiculous misunderstandings.
I thought overall it was an exceptionally sweet tale of friendship cropping up in the most unlikely places and between the most improbable of people, but that sometimes you need to take a chance. It is so amazing to have someone to share things with, and sadly it is something that happens to seldom. Very few people have found someone that will truly be there for decades, and share everything with you.
The film was also quite amusing, and had a few places where I had a good laugh. Overall, it was an extremely adorable movie, the type you could watch with friends, family and/or children. It also carried stunning themes throughout the film, such as alienation, being teased and bullied, neglect at home, insecurity, fending for yourself, weight issues, and most importantly, friendship, and how it can make things much easier.
I would score Mary and Max 7/10. It was refreshing to see something presented a little differently from your average tale of companionship, and I think it was executed very well. I particularly enjoyed the way in which the claymation was done, and the colours used to depict the story.