If you ask me, a new film from Charlie Kaufman is more exciting than a new Star Wars movie, and I say that as someone with quite a bit of anticipation for The Force Awakens. But over the past 15 years, Charlie Kaufman has proven himself to be the most interesting screenwriter working in the field of cinema today. It’s been seven years since a Kaufman film last graced the screens with 2008’s Synecdoche, New York, but now Kaufman is returning with co-director Duke Johnson for Anomalisa, a stop-motion drama which has been receiving nothing short of brilliant praises upon its early festival screenings.
Now, early word on Twitter from those who have seen the movie is that the trailer isn’t quite the accurate portrait of what audiences should expect from Anomalisa. (A misleading trailer? Shocking, I know.) Since I haven’t seen the film yet, I cannot comment on whether or not this is an egregiously misleading trailer or just a marketing department trying to get butts in the seats for what is being referred to as one of the year’s best films. The film boasts a vocal cast which includes David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tom Noonan. Hoping to make an Oscar run, Anomalisa opens in select cities on December 30th before expanding everywhere in January. This is likely one that shouldn’t be missed.