I watched this last night, and while the first 15 minutes had me a little teary-eyed, that was the only big emotional beat for me. I was getting a little bored during the last third of the movie. Someone on a letterboxd review says that this film has a ton of old-school film references, which I totally missed, so I’d like to see a list.
I actually really loved the visual style with all of the doodles (I freakin’ loved Spiderverse for this - but I’ve seen it done so frenetically in Promare where I thought it ruined the movie, so I’m not always for it). I am really glad people are trying to experiment a little more with animation instead of getting stuck in weird, terrible-looking CGI world. Katie looks like half of my students, so they got that part right.
My boyfriend loved it and was losing his mind over it, but he also had a practical dad that didn’t want him to go to art school, so I think he was over-identifying hard. He said it was the first time he had seen “meme” humor in a major animated film, but I agree that style of meme already seems dated to me. The internet churns through fads in a blink.