Samir Mehta: “It ruled.”
It's hard to imagine a follow-up to Synecdoche, New York and this is certainly not what I expected. Yet it is a tremendous artistic achievement that is bold and creative, yet more intimate than anything Kaufman has done. It's a "small" movie that takes place mostly in a hotel and mostly over a handful of long conversations.
If you're reading this, you're aware that the film is done with stop-motion animation. Kaufman worked with a co-director and they pair wonderfully. I think the animation is essential to giving the movie the vague sense of unease that it needs because it might otherwise feel too "ordinary" to get the subtext of Kaufman's message. (Plus, the big reveal about one actor wouldn't make sense in live action.)
This is a great movie. See it.
Scott Hardie: If I recall correctly, Kaufman worked on another movie in the meantime called Frank or Francis that fell apart and couldn't be finished, much to Kaufman's disappointment, if that says anything about his mindset regarding following up Synecdoche, New York with this.
I look forward to seeing this. Kaufman is such a gifted storyteller and man of ideas that even when he makes an occasional bad movie, it's still very interesting and thought-provoking. − January 1, 2016 more by Scott