Really great performance from Hopkins can't compensate for the poorly-written/conceived Ann Margaret character. What woman doesn't decide to fall in love the moment the man shows her that, deep down, he's psychotic?
I was slightly trepidatious about approaching a film touted as "'Vertigo' from a woman's perspective," because I think 'Vertigo' does a halfway decent job of presenting a female perspective. However, I was wrong and was completely floored by this film.
I think of "Inside Out," which went great lengths to let the audience know it is OK to be sad sometimes, failed to show the pressure placed on people - especially women - to be happy all…
With films, especially personal or autobiographical films, there is always this tension between the story and the storyteller. Sometimes, the story wins, because "this story has to be told." Sometimes, the storyteller is more important because this entire project is one big fat exercise in ego.
"Anomalisa" does a great job of taking you into the mind of a misanthropic being who does not care for or respect the humanity of others, and when he finds another person, he immediately…