Read my review for the album here:
While I wasn’t a huge fan of the album of the same name, I was still extremely excited to watch this short film accompaniment. Mainly because it was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the brilliant director behind works such as ‘The Master’, ‘Inherent Vice’ and ‘Phantom Thread’.
The album and short film are both logical continuations of the works of both artists. Thom Yorke is still obsessed with his examination of desolation and isolation in the modern world and the disconnection that can happen between us (these themes were beautifully explored on ‘OK Computer’ and ‘Kid A’). PTA’s directing emphasizes all of these ideas to extraordinary effect in this short film. The entire thing is magnificently and beautifully shot, giving every moment and action weight and purpose.
As I said earlier, I wasn’t a huge fan of the album of the same name but the accompanying video vastly increases my enjoyment of the music. The dreamy imagery, gorgeous cinematography and brilliant choreography bring out the best in the music. Thom’s acting here is also very good and I don’t think anyone could have replaced him in this.
‘ANIMA’ is a great short film and a worthy addition to the catalogs of both PTA and Thom. It leaves a ton of room open for interpretation, allowing the viewer to find their own meanings in the events we are shown. But at the same time, it gives us enough information and conveys enough feeling that we have plenty of starting places for our journey with it. Definitely a film that I will be returning to many times in the future.
8/10 – Great