The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines ★★★★★

It has been a long, long time since I've watched a film I've loved this much. It is incredibly delightful. This was initially on my radar because I heard that Alex Hirsch had worked on it, and later I found out that it was worked on by a whole host of talented ex-Gravity Falls staff. That show is an amazing example of what a "kids show" can be; that is to say, incredibly compelling no matter how old you are. The Mitchells vs. The Machines builds on that ethos and, indeed, builds on a lot of what made Gravity Falls so amazing. This film has an incredibly engaging story that mixes a grand adventure with a more down-to-earth narrative about a dysfunctional family (all the while making commentary on technology that didn't make me want to throw up, which is a difficult feat.) It has a gorgeous animation style - one of two 3D animated films so far that I love and appreciate visually (the other being 2020's Soul) - with some really compelling and fun character designs, it has some of the most consistent pacing I've ever seen in an animated kids film, in that it had me grinning start to finish, only pausing to occasionally cry (because for some reason "teenager coming of age and going to college" films always fucking get me) and some of the most genuinely funny, scripted laugh-out-loud comedy I've ever seen. It even has an absolutely killer soundtrack and some amazing voice talent! Honestly I can't point out any flaws in this film, it's so charming to me in every conceivable way. I'm so excited to see this film again, honestly, I had such a blast.

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