The Mitchells vs. The Machines ★★★½

It’s not even that this is a bad movie. A seven out of ten is a positive score and I have more than a few nice things to say about it. But doesn’t it seem like there are moments where...I mean, I get what they’re trying to do, but like, reign it in a little bit? The technology messages and the memes are so prevalent in this piece that it’s easy to forget what the film is actually trying to say. I’m not saying you can’t have those, but they are such overbearing presences that the good stuff can occasionally quickly get lost. That said, there was a lot of stuff to like about this film. Movies about families are easy ways to tug at the heartstrings of any audience member, and for that matter TMvTM doesn’t really strike me as superficial in that department. After an awful, awful string of movies for an entire decade, Spider-Verse marked a major turning point in the studio’s filmography, and if that means more thought and love are going into these films, I will take it one thousand percent. Don’t get me wrong, TMvTM is FAAAAR from the heights of Spider-Verse, but it’s modest and it tries. It’s clever, the cast is mostly fun, and as a film student with a neurological disorder (not that this is confirmed in the film, I’m saying I wouldn’t be surprised), I ended up relating to the central protagonist more than I was expecting to. Which is a compliment for a bunch of reasons. I liked it. It could have benefited from a bit more polishing, but for the most part I really liked it and would instantly recommend it.