Fortunately, for everyone, I decided to go to bed after this movie last night instead of writing a review. What a blob of emotions I was last night after watching this movie! I have no reason to believe my “writing” will be more effective and clear this morning, but, I can hope, right? I don’t want to give too much away because I WANT YOU TO SEE THIS MOVIE. It streams instantly on Netflix…so, do yourself a favor and check it out if you can.
Mary and Max is a beautiful clay animation movie (lightly based on a true story) with a wonderfully orchestrated score. In the simplest of terms, it’s the story of two outcasts searching for friendship. Mary, a young girl coming into her own and Max an older man living with Asperger’s Syndrome. Adam Elliot, the creator and director, said this film is about “people who are marginalised and different.” via Maybe that is why I love this film so much. It wasn’t always easy. It wasn’t always pretty. It was human…it was flawed. For me, it’s those flaws that make us all so uniquely beautiful. Many of the tears shed during this movie was due to the beauty I saw in the flawed characters.
I have always felt a kindred spirit towards those with Autism or Asperger’s. For years, I’ve suggested that I am “slightly autistic”. By saying that, I don’t mean to minimize those with actual autism. I know I’m high-functioning. I know how to feel love, and I can interpret facial expressions like no one’s business. While I can do all these things, I also feel confused by the world, and it’s constant injustices. Sometimes, I just don’t understand humans. Maybe we all feel that way. Maybe we all feel fear and terror on the inside? Maybe we all want to rock ourselves to serenity in the corner of the room after an argument? Maybe its just another element of the human condition. Regardless, one thing is clear, we are a social animal and WE ALL NEED FRIENDS.
This movie made me feel overwhelmingly blessed to have so many amazing people in my life. I have such a patient husband who puts up with my antisocial tendencies, and, although my friends may be farther away than ever before, I can still feel their gracious love and support. The thought of going through life and not having a friend or companion (while wishing you had one) is heartbreaking. So, lets try to be friends to those around us and bring some nice into the world.
Have a wonderful day everyone…and watch this movie!
P.S. There is plenty of humor in this film. I just love to cry!