The Mitchells vs the Machines
This movie is an incredible showcase of modern family values and problems. From mothers that keep comparing themselves to other successful looking families to dad obsessed with nature to kids with very niche interests that have the opportunity to turn them into professions and through internet and specialised schools meet similar people.
I saw so much from myself and my family in the Mitchells. They conflicts weren't abusive or world changing. These were very real everyday conflicts in loving families that just have that interests and generation gap. These were the differences that happen between people that live the closest together, parents and kids themselves and how even those require effort and compromise. Because every relationship is work, it's never ideal and fun all the time, but the work is definitely worth the payback. The laughs, the understanding, the hugs, the advice, the companionship, jokes and songs.
Because even parents are human beings with their own interests and failures in life, experiences they want to warn us from and wins up their belt they want to inspire us to. And the technology is changing so quickly that the format in which children choose to express themselves these days are often so foreign and incomprehensible to their parents and it's hard to tell where the changes will lead and how far you can get with such specific passions.
This is the conflict where you can count on no side having bad intentions. Neither the parents nor the children want to actively hurt each other, they don't get jealous or petty or want to gain power over the other's expense. There are very few relationships in life that are like that, where you can really rely on the other to always have the best for you in mind. And despite this amazing state, families still argue and misunderstand each other, their life experiences so different.
Like Katie isn't an outsider to be cool and not to fit in. She has her quirky passion with the comedic films, but she is creating constantly, acquiring skills and getting better. It's no addiction to games or screens, it's pursued interest with a purpose where the technology became a needed tool, not the blind obsession many teenagers and adults struggle with nowadays.
Rick doesn't obsess with nature to humiliate his children or to prove his passions to be superior. He genuinely loves it, admires it and wants to share his wonder for it with his most important people. How can you be angry at him for that? On the other hand he is concerned with interests and technology he doesn't understand and he is worried for Katie going through such a disappointment as he had to go through.
They have to meet each other halfway, make the effort to take the other upon the offer, to spend time, to respect and acknowledge what the other loves to fully enjoy how much they also love each other.
Aaron was amazing. With a geeky dinosaur interest and such pure sweet love for his older sister. They were partners in creating her videos but she also supports him in his dinosaur passion and they are each other confidants. Beautiful. Also Aaron manages to be smart and relevant while retaining little vulnerable childish sides, like nervousness when meeting a potential crush that has similar interests (and suddenly it's so important to do the right thing that the pressure makes you hysterically run out of the room) or when he cries when overwhelmed just like a kid is allowed to do. His mom's reaction to his capture was hilarious and absolute fit to how moms react to their little boys in trouble. Animal moms are dangerous when their babies are threatened but no one is as frightening as a human mom.
Oh and Linda was great, very fitting to today's moms, so protective and loving, while so strong willed. The way functioning parents can turn to each other for advice with their kids and give each other hints (or outright whole texts to say) about their kids, how they decide together, respect and protect each other for the intimate knowledge they know about the other's dreams and strengths and weaknesses. Awesome husband and wife and parents.
All in all this movie is very actual, reflecting today's middle class families and values, kids with quirky interests allowed to bloom, technology and how we don't want it to take over us, that family and humanity will always prevail, and that parents and kids can in fact understand each other if both make the effort to meet each other halfway, having lots of love and care to build on.
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The new Netflix animated movie “Over The Moon” it's so fresh!
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with great characters, gorgeous animation, interesting religious background and great songs!
i totally fell in love with this movie!!! it's a must-watch!
the story is about a girl named fei fei who goes to the moon to prove everybody that the moon goddess, “chang'e” is real. and the colors are so bright, the songs are so catchy and the characters are so cute! everything is on point! (i wouldn't expect any less from the director who worked in “the little mermaid”, “beauty and the beast” and “aladdin”, glen keane).
the colors reminded me of “coco”. i'm completely in love! the songs are so good, the story.... everything! the chinese culture looks so beautiful in this movie - i’m not chinese, so i don't know about the accuracy, but this movie made me wanted to know everything about the legend of chang’e and houyi, “the moon goddess”.
there are many chinese voice actors too, which made me very happy! Phillipa Soo completely killed it playing Chang’e!!!
please, animated movies lovers like me, let's give this awesome movie some love!!!
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