gabrielle!’s review published on Letterboxd:
i have not been able to stop thinking about this movie since i watched it last week, so i figured i should just watch it again.
it’s fairly rare to find small bits and pieces of yourself within any piece of media, and rarer still to find your whole self reflected. but that’s what the mitchells vs the machines is to me, a complete and total reflection of the experiences and feelings i’ve had warring inside of me for the longest time.
it’s tough to hear someone tell you that you’re not going to make it before you’ve even tried, especially when that someone claims to be your biggest supporter. it’s tough to have to hide your passions and your art from the person you want to share them with the most. it’s tough to watch movies like this, depicting an experience practically identical to your own, and come face to face with the fact that it’s alright to feel upset about all of the above, that it’s alright to feel hurt, misunderstood, and distanced from the person you’re supposed to love.
the tipping point in the relationship between katie and her father came when he was forced to experience her art, and when he was forced to acknowledge how his child may have forged a path for herself that suits her better than the one he envisioned. although i don’t have a dog cop film to show my dad, and i’m still too scared to show him what i do have, i hope that this film can act as a placeholder. i hope that if he ever does watch this movie, the script will work in ways that my own words have never been able to, that maybe we’ll finally see eye-to-eye in the way that katie and rick did.
i hope that i’ll be able to take steps toward the life i want for myself, and that in place of the fear of failure and disappointment that have always been lingering behind me, there will be nothing but a family — and more importantly, a dad — who believes i can make it.