The good stuff
Anomalisa is an interesting film. On the one hand there's the superb work that went into animating the entire film.
I'm not the biggest Kaufman fan in the world, but when all the stars align I do love his work. I didn't read up on I'm Thinking of Ending Things, but it quickly became apparent that this wasn't going to be the Kaufman I loved. It's an interesting and worthwhile film, but there's just too many things that irked me.
July is on the way to meet her boyfriend's parents. She isn't too comfortable in the relationship and will probably end it with Jake soon after, but she's interested to see if his parents can shed a different light on him. What is an uncomfortable ride there turns into a real mindfuck once they arrive at Jake's family home.
There's a lot of pop whining and pompous dialogues here, the entire film I've wondered whether it was either ironic or heartfelt. To be honest, I'm still not quite sure. Details like Collette's horrendous performance and the disastrous 4:3 aspect ratio annoyed me, but it's the lack of a truly gripping mood that kept me from fully enjoying this film. It's a bit underwhelming for a Kaufman project.