The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines ★★★½

I really liked it! At times it feels like an extended Gravity Falls episode which is thanks in no small part to the director being a GF vet. Very deft blending of the funny and the sweet. The animation is honestly some of the best I've seen in 3D animation and it's incredible just how far it's come in not looking like a 2006 Dreamworks film all the time. Felt like a living graphic novel and I'm excited to see what Sony will continue to do. This kind of shit is so much more visually interesting than photorealistic everything from Disney or Pixar. Cartoons should feel like cartoons every now and then!

While I thought it was great, I went into it with high expectations and maybe didn't love it quite as much as I thought it would. If I had to fault it, I think it's maybe a little *too* quirky at times, at least for me. Maybe that's just me getting older (which depresses me) but while I love Mabel from Gravity Falls, i don't think you'd want to watch an entire 90 minute movie made by her. I wish this movie had taken a little more time to breathe or just let itself play out. It's very consistently funny, but it was getting to fall into so many cutaway gags or humor that just revolved around SCREAMING that I was thinking "okay, I get it." Maybe it would have been a different experience seeing this in a theater and laughing with other people or being surrounded by laughter during those moments. Streaming premieres definitely lose something when you're watching a movie by yourself vs the community experience. I think this would have been a great "watch with a crowd" film.

Also I hate to say it, but I do like it a little less for casting John Legend and Chrissy Teigen as the perfect neighbor family. Cmon now. Get real actors, y'all. It's bad enough that I have to see them on Twitter so much. Otherwise, very well-rounded cast. I'm starting to like Abbi Jacobson as a VA! She's really grown on me after Bean on Disenchantment. Even Conan has a great bit role in this. Always happy to see (hear) that guy.

Give this a watch when it drops next week!

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