Last night, Jon took me on a date and I generously allowed him to pick the movie. We walked downtown and had dinner at our local southern Cajun restaurant, Bayou on the Bay. It is one of my favorite restaurants in town, with a good variety of southern favorites, like fried okra, hush puppies, gumbo and jambalaya.
We started out with one oyster shooter each, served in a shot glass with cocktail sauce. You can add vodka if you would like, and perhaps one day I’ll try that high-octane version, but I love the non-alcohol version. Jon had the vegan jambalaya with an IPA, which he thought was great, and spicy! I had the gumbo with a Duck Pond Pinot Gris. My gumbo was wonderful, with the sweetness of the Pinot Gris balancing the spice of the andouille sausage and other spices in the gumbo. Our service was friendly and quick, and we had plenty of time to get to our movie.
Jon has a penchant for odd, indie movies, and his pick kept up with tradition. We saw Anomalisa. I’m still pondering it. It is an animated film created with puppets about a middle aged man who wrote a book on giving great customer service, and he is giving a speech on his book in Cincinnati. In his world, everyone is the same; everyone he sees has the same face and voice, with only differences in their hair and clothing. He is clearly depressed, irritable and hopeless – exactly the opposite of the persona he portrays in his book. Then he meets a woman who is different…
Jon and I took away very different messages from the film, and spent a while chatting on the way home (I don’t want to give it away in case you plan to see it). We could each see the other’s perspective, and were intrigued by each other’s differing opinions. From that perspective, it was an interesting film, and it did stimulate quite a bit of dialogue, but I’m not sure I could say I “liked” it. But perhaps not all movies are intended to entertain – and instead we need to search for the learning opportunity.
So, I put it out to readers – have you seen Anomalisa? What did you think?