Today, it was one year ago since Philip Seymour Hoffman died, at the age of 46. I didn't believe it when I first heard it, but I had to realize that one of my favorite actors was now gone forever. Never ever have I seen such a great actor. After his death, people started talking A LOT about his films and how good he was in them. The Master, Capote, Doubt, Magnolia and Boogie Nights were all movies in which Hoffman was absolutely brilliant in. He was even good in bad films, like Patch Adams.
But a movie that barely anyone mentions that Hoffman starred in? Is an animated film called Mary and Max. It might not be so strange considering it's an Australian stop-motion film that didn't even receive a distribution in America, and to be honest, I didn't even know about it until Hoffman's death. But I didn't watch Mary and Max because of him, I randomly watched it on Netflix one night, and him being in it was an extra treat.
It's a movie about two pen pals, one lonely obese 40-year-old man (Max) who lives in New York, and an 8-year-old girl (Mary) who lives in Melbourne, Australia. This is a very rare subject to make a film about, especially for an animated film. But Mary and Max succeeds in every possible way. It's an extremely beautiful film that is both funny and ver, very sad.
Philip Seymour Hoffman voices Max, and he does it perfectly. I couldn't imagine anyone who could do it better than him. It's unbelievable how overlooked this film actually is, it didn't get the attention it deserved at all. Mary and Max did poorly at the box office and wasn't nominated for a Golden Globe or an Academy Award. Yet, the movie taught me more lessons about life than any film in history.
This is definitely one of my top 5 favorite films, and to honor Philip Seymour Hoffman please watch this movie! My other favorite movie with him, Synecdoche New York is also rarely mentioned. Both films are fantastic. Mary and Max is available on Netflix.
You won't regret watching it!