Thursday, 14 January 2016

Adaptation Film Review: Mary and Max (2009) Adam Elliot

Instead of having lectures, we will only watch films.This first weeks film has left me with mixed feelings. It is titled simply as Mary and Max. 
Mary and Max a film by Adam Elliot.
Mary and Max is a  tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. This film is strongly influenced with Australian humour, something I have to keep remembering. The context of this film is dark, funny and at the same time deeply disturbing. Which is what made this film a very good thing to watch. Some scenes, like how when Mary's parents are described you just have to empathic with Mary as she's only 8 years old and does not understand what is actually happening with her parents. When it comes to Max I was a little confused with how to react to him. Whether to be sorry for him or just want to climb in the screen and slap him for being so stupid. I do think he was right to react to Mary in the way he did, it prolonged their visit, and also affected Mary quiet a bit. Seeing that scene where she was about to take her own life, showing us the little baby in he stomach really made our ours widen in shock. It made me feel relieved when the old man from across the street overcame his fear of the outside and saved her life and the child's. 

My rating. 

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