The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines ★★★

The laughs were there and I was really impressed with how they worked in just the right situations where different, interesting styles of animation could be layered and not feel out of place. I like the movie but I feel I should have liked it much more than I did.

I think the major downside for me was the pacing. We get thrown into the chaos pretty early on and it just doesn't let up. The frenetic tempo was exhausting at times and felt like work to stay engaged with throughout. I know this tempo is not uncommon for animation of this kind, but it almost plays like 2x speed action and the dialogue is so rapid it's like listening to chipmunks. Sometimes this rubs me the wrong way, and I guess when I watch this late at night while trying to fall asleep is one of those times. I plead guilty to being that old man shaking his cane at the TV and yelling "slow down!

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