The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines ★★★★★

I'm just amazed by Sony Pictures Animation's turn-around. Just a few years ago, they were just making films that ranged from decent or okay-ish at best like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Hotel Transylvania to some of the most despised animated films of all time like The Smurfs and its sequel, Smurfs 2, and most infamously, The Emoji Movie. Combine those with the cancellations of projects with huge amounts of potential like a Popeye movie directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and a movie about the Greek mythology character Medusa directed by Lauren Faust, best known for her work on The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, in favor of some of those despised movies like The Emoji Movie, and Sony Pictures Animation was generally seen as the joke of the animation industry in comparison to its rivals at Pixar and Dreamworks. Jump to now, and while they don't always get things right, they've made one hell of an impressive redemption with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the animated short Hair Love, and now they've got this film, The Mitchells vs. The Machines, to add to their slowly but surely growing list of good films they've made.

While it'll most likely date itself with its use of memes that already are out of popularity, The Mitchells vs. The Machines is just so damn charming in its presentation, its great animation, its funny writing, and I love Katie Mitchell so much, she seems so autistic-coded, and as someone on the spectrum who's always looking for more autistic representation in the media they consume, I think they did it right with Katie; and with her also canonically being queer, that's another point of her appeal to me.

Maybe I'm being too generous for giving this a whole 5 stars, but honestly, I really don't have that many problems with it, it's just a great movie, and a recommended watch if you're a lifelong animation fan like me. It's also a recommended watch if you're a fan of Phil Lord's and Christopher Miller's other works, which includes, of course, Into the Spider-Verse.

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