The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines ★★★★½

I haven’t written a proper film review in a while so forgive me if this is badly worded but I’ve been avidly awaiting The Mitchell’s VS The Machines (formerly titled Connected) since Phil Lord and Chris Miller were announced as its producers and that the films visual style was going to be a continuation and development of the techniques that made Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse so absolutely astounding. I am so relieved to say that this absolutely lives up to and exceeds my already high expectations.

This is just so fun from start to end, so charming, so bursting with colour and detail, and so cute, silly and cartoonish. Everything about it works to support the films core intentions; to act as a love letter to art, animation and filmmaking from artists, animators and filmmakers who’ve dedicated their lives to their craft. I’m just beginning my journey at university studying game design, animation and film, just like the protagonist, Katie. Something about that really hits me. And I will only admit that I cried the entire first 30 minutes of the film, and then I cried the entire last 30 minutes of the film. This shit is unexpectedly really dramatically and emotionally potent.

I know drawing comparisons can be reductive, but if you love Spiderverse and want to see and support more like it, The Mitchell’s VS The Machines is absolutely what you’re looking for.
The films out on Netflix as of yesterday and I encourage everybody who reads this to take the time out of their day to watch it, or even watch it with your whole family. I have a strong feeling that with Sony Pictures Animations lineup of animated film releases over this decade, we’re seriously looking at a new age of experimentation and boundary-pushing in 3DCG animation that I’m absolutely looking forward to seeing, and maybe even someday being a part of myself.