The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines ★★★★½

The Mitchells VS The Machines caught me completely off guard. I started watching it without even have watched the trailers and expecting just big dumb fun. And I had it, but I had also much more.

Sony proves once again that 3D animation can be used to create amazing works of art, it can be experimental and crazy and chaotic and weird, just like the Mitchells, and it can be used to enhance an already beautiful story. The animation here is surprising, it’s got personality, lots of it, and style, it’s hard to describe, you have to experience it, it’s perfect, I can’t say anything but praises. The character design is fantastic, perfectly explicative of each of them and they complement each other well (on a visual standpoint), also, three out of four family members had glasses, if that’s not realistic I don’t know what is.

The story is basically the spiritual sequel to The Incredibles, we got a dysfunctional family on a quest to save the world and their relationship, and even if it could sound like a plot exploited too much, it works, because even if the plot is not so original, the characters are. They are so well written, with different personalities and different, opposites views on the world and ways to relate with life, just like any family, but my favourite thing is how they interact with each other. They are so believable in their interactions, they reminded me a lot of my own family (which is the reason why I cried for almost the entirety of the movie).

Also, this movie got a really important character, Katie. She’s the protagonist, she’s weird, smart and she loves movies, which her family doesn’t understand. She loves her brother and her mother, most of the time, but she can’t really talk with her dad. And she’s a lesbian. And not in the way other characters in childrens’ movies are gay, like Raya, per say, or Le Fou in theB&B live action, nope, she’s really gay. She is surrounded by rainbows and she got a crush on a girl, but what I loved the most is that her sexuality is not presented as the main conflict between her and her family, they don’t care about their daughter’s sexuality, that’s who she is, why should it be a problem for them? It was so beautiful to see such a healthy representation.

I know I’ve been blabbering for so long about this movie, and I would have so much more to talk about, like the humour, which I adored (internet humour is my jam and this was full of it), but I’ll end it here. I hope I wrote something understandable, because I’m still recovering from the emotional ride it was, and I know it has some cons, like the villain, which I found quite two dimensional, but I don’t feel like complaining too much, this is still a special movie, both in the animation and the themes, and some companies (Disney) should be inspired by the courage Sony is putting here.

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