Anima (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2019)
We Like Short Shorts
After Netflix changed the way we watch TV shows and put movie theatres in jeopardy, it seems that now the big streaming service is taking the music video industry as well. Because why not?
Thom Yorke has decided to announce his new solo album on Netflix, instead of YouTube or MTV (ha!) with a short film where he reunites with director Paul Thomas Anderson, whose Radiohead’s Daydreaming is one of the best videos of all time. In Anima, he confirms his dance skills, as previously seen in Lotus Flower, and surprises everyone, after listening to depressing lyrics such as “I'll take a quiet life/A handshake of carbon monoxide”, by showing he’s also amazing slapstick performer.
Even though Paul Thomas Anderson might not faithfully depict the nightmare of rush hour—those trains are so empty you feel like the director’s never taken the underground—, Anima is a compelling dark tale of finding hope and love in a dystopian society that’s reminiscent of movies like Metropolis and King Vidor’s The Crowd and graphic novels like Pushwagner’s Soft City.
But what about the music? Oh, yes, of course, Anima is more electronic sounding, but never loses Radiohead’s recognisable angst-ridden style.