Mary and Max

Mary and Max is one of the cutest movies I’ve ever seen. The plot revolves around an eight-year-old girl from Melbourne named Mary who has a pen pal in New York City named Max. Mary’s parents don’t pay any attention to her, and she has no friends at school, which she blames on her birthmark. Max also has no friends, he is unable to understand other people’s emotions because he has Asperger’s. He is also severely overweight, loves chocolate and a show called “the nibblets.”

Mary finds Max’s name in a phone book in the library and writes to him. She asks him questions about America, includes a chocolate bar in the envelope and sends the letter off. Max responds with a letter that tells Mary all about America and Max’s life, then he wraps the letter around a chocolate bar and sends it back to Australia. And that’s how Mary and Max begin their 20 year friendship.

It’s absolutely an adorable movie. I don’t normally like claymation at all, but this was very well done. The music is really fitting, and the writing is excellent. I also love the way everything in Max’s life is black and white (with a few random objects that are bright orange) and everything in Mary’s life is in shades of brown. It made me laugh, and I cried quite a lot, it’s an excellent piece of art.

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