The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines ★★★★

What a sweet and incredibly wholesome movie. The emotional beats work wonders here. Sure, this is a movie about an apocalypse created when an iPhone-equivalent takes over the world, but those over the top sci-fi elements never really get in the way of the film's heart - which is the story of a dysfunctional family coming together one last time before their daughter goes away to college.

I'm usually not a huge fan of comedy bits in animated movies, particularly as of late, but a lot of the jokes in this movie surprisingly landed pretty well for me. Not all of them did, but it certainly has a better sense of humor than a lot of its contemporaries. This sense of humor is matched with some incredibly fun 2D animated elements throughout the film, and some pretty great character design and use of color.

The film's story/message, at its core, is a pretty typical one for children's media but it's done in such a fun and inventive way that is incredibly apt for a new generation. Really lovely, and I hope it gets some awards noms (if not wins) in a year.

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