This is by far my favorite animated film of the year. The deep philosophical dilemma of what to remember and what to forget is wrenching, and echoed the pain of watching some loved ones slip into dementia and Alzheimer's. Honestly, a few of the negative reviews sound like they were hung up on the trailers or their feelings for other movies to treat this as a work set apart from those expectations. The animation is wonderful, the humor is balanced beautifully with the heartfelt, and the realistic relationship between Mei and Molly had us verbally exclaiming how awesome it was to see a mom who was disconnected and unaware instead of the archetypal overbearing perfection of other animated movie moms. We've been talking a lot about sunk cost lately, and what time is worth. The value of an hour and 46 minutes. Next Gen is worth the sunk cost and more. Frankly, if it were eligible for Academy nominations, this would be my pick for the best animated award.
WOW. I thought this was gonna be a "Big Hero Seven" clone, but god damn. This movie makes Big Hero Six look like garbage.
It does a MUCH better job of exploring the whole idea of friendship between an AI and human. At the same time it explores ideas regarding memory and identity while poking fun ruthlessly about how obsessed some people are with modern gadgets.
It's also got a real sense of self awareness to it. It really plays with your expectations, and subverts them really well. It also pulls NO PUNCHES. None of them. It just is like "hah, you thought we wouldn't go there because this is a kid's movie? THINK AGAIN." It really is a smart film, and it expects the audience to be smart as well. It's never stated why her father left, but it lays out some pretty clear clues if you pay attention. Also, the action in this film is just incredible. I haven't seen such a brutal beat down like this between two robots since the final episode of Beast Machines. It's incredible.
This blew my mind. BTW, most of the work on this film was done in CANADA. So hat's off to my fellow canadians.
Chock full of awful, on-the-nose dialogue, glaring plot holes, and unimaginative humor, this film's only redeeming quality is the action sequence at the end and a reasonably interesting villain. Why do all of Netflix's animated films feel like Disney knockoffs? If you want a film about a kid befriending a robot and facing evil together, go watch Big Hero 6.
In a world seemingly devoid of all property destruction Laws, a girl meets a robot, fights ensue, character building does not.
So basically in the beginning of the film (first scene or so) the story establishes that the main characters father left her and her mother, as a result the mother becomes obsessive over robotstechnology to the detriment of all else and thus Mei (Main characterthe daughter) hates them.
Unfortunately beyond the first couple scenes, character growth largely grinds to a halt, enemies become friends based after being beat up 1 time, the main robot joins the MC because reasons, and a certain character is straight up murdered after a grand total of maybe 10 mins screen time - on the whole character motivations seem to jump at arbitrary points in the film to the point where common tropes would dictate they end up, but with no story to connect the sourcebeginning point personality to the destination one.
By the end of the movie I had a feeling like about half an hour was missing for backstory and world building split between the 2 main characters, bad guy, bad guys partner, and maybe even a bit more history on robots role in society that would have completed this movie, but unfortunately without it the pacing feels rushed, the emotional scenes feel un-earned, and the ending on the whole feels hollow.
Beyond this major fault the film has a solid sound track, good animation, and i can see the shadow **** movie - its just a shame how much the pacing (that reminds me quite heavily of Green lantern's) pulls it down.