The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines ★★★½

Typically when I see that yet another new 3D-animated movie gets marketed by Sony or Illumination, I usually respond with a begrudging eyeroll because there's already too many of those that are pumped out year by year by soulless corporations who really don't care about making a quality movie with interesting ideas and a well-written script.

However, I'm happy to say that this film is exactly what I wanted it to be. It's a shame that this film is getting such low marketing, because this was clearly made from a lot of heart and from people with a lot of love for the art of film.

I wanna start off by questioning the last minute name change for the movie. "Connected" was the initial title of the film before being changed to its current one, and I'm being stricken as a bit confused. Some might argue that its less subtle with the message the film conveys, while I argue that said message isn't exactly portrayed in the most subtle manner, so I'm not sure as to why it really matters, but I guess that's just a personal bias I have. One thing's for sure; I refer to it by its previous title because I'm too lazy to type out or waste breath on the current one.

Anyways, "Connected" was pretty good. Usually 3D animation tends to not work as well because its environment(s) and characters basically look the same and have no distinction from each other, but that's nowhere near the case for this film. The seamless blend of 3D to 2D animated quips to express a character's emotions, thoughts, and feelings really give the film so much personality and energy. The performances were all really great. All of the actors fit really well with their characters and they put in their all to give their characters a lot of life and relatability.

While the humor can get a bit repetitive at times, I think it's some of the most well-paced humor that I've seen in an animated movie. A lot of the humor was well-written and had a lot of great one-liners and visual gags that tended to make me laugh out loud at times.

This might just be a nitpick, but I found a lot of the Sony product placement to be a bit distracting. From Sony headphones to camcorders and vice versa, it's really trying its best to say "oh yeah, this is a Sony film by the way" and it took away some of the realism for me.

Overall, I really liked this movie and it was about as good as I was expecting it to be. Lord & Miller films tend to be really good if they're working with the right material, and this was yet another meticulous example of this. This is probably one of my favorite movies of the year so far, and I highly recommend this to anyone that's a big fan of stylistic & inspired animation and a few potential hearty laughs every few minutes or so!

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