The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines ★★

Life Is Strange at x6 playback speed. Ten years too late at attempting to capture that 2011 internet culture vibe, but still ends up about as misguided as you'd expect from a crew who probably just weren't raised on it. When it isn't going too fast for me to gain any sense of place, it hangs weirdly long after a failed attempt at comedy. So many genuinely emotional opportunities are essentially ruined by this bizarre stop and start rhythm. Kind of wild to think that this is much of the crew behind Spiderverse, it's the polar opposite to that genuinely funny and thematically watertight marvel.

Still, it's very pretty, and that counts for something as far as CG movies go I guess. I'll always appreciate an attempt at skillfully using 3D models to replicate 2D illustrative animation tenets. Smashing Parma Violets and snorting them.

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