The Mitchells vs the Machines is a great film — beautiful animation that’s blended well with witty humor and a feel-good story. A colorful, heartwarming, and energetic ride for the whole family. Plus, Olivia Colman voicing an evil AI is a stroke of genius.
The Mitchells vs the Machines was a wonderful surprise to open and see — colorful, eye-catching, and energetic; this is a movie that grabs your attention and never lets go. Our story follows a dysfunctional family during a global robot apocalypse and their journey to discovering that being weird or eccentric is actually a good thing. Our heroine is Katie Mitchell (voiced by a brilliant Abbi Jacobson), a high school graduate who's ready to start a new adventure at film school with "her people." Katie is forced to embark on one last road trip with her proud parents (voiced by a stellar Danny McBride and Maya Rudolph), younger brother (voiced by Mike Rianda, also the director), and their beloved dog (voiced by social media icon, Doug the Pug) before starting her first year at film school. Each of them has their own quirks and insecurities — Katie is a cinephile, but she's struggling to find "her people." Rick (the dad) loves the outdoors but is longing for a connection with her daughter Katie. Linda (the mom) loves baking weird desserts with her children's faces on them, while she's also longing for the family to be a certain type of 'perfect.'
Aaron (the younger brother) is fascinated by dinosaurs but becomes incredibly anxious when talking to girls. Lastly, Monchi (the dog) is the lovable pug of the family, or is he a pig? Or a loaf of bread? Monchi struggles with his eyes not being able to go in the same direction, but that does not stop him from facing his imperfection with joy. Suddenly, everything changes when the world's electronic devices come to life to stage a global uprising. Along with the help of two friendly robots (voiced by a hilarious Fred Armisen and Beck Bennett), the Mitchells must now come together to save the planet from the new technological revolution. The animation is lively, while the storyline has heart and keeps you laughing throughout. I connected the most with the character of Katie — her eccentric personality and love for movies. Katie and her dad, Rick (McBride), struggle to get along, as their father-daughter relationship has hit a rough patch. A familiar storyline, yet director Mike Rianda's first feature film feels fresh and new. Blended well with humor and heart, The Mitchells vs the Machines is a film the whole family can enjoy.
Sony Animation has done well here, delivering us a delightful animated film on a worthy story, feel-good themes, fast-paced humor, and representation. Similar to a certain aesthetic from Sony's 2018 animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Mitchells vs the Machines captures the beauty and florescence that the Spider-Man film captured back in 2018. Rianda's first feature has already become one of my favorite new movies of 2021 — it's one that I can and have watched over and over again. I know that we have just made it through a long-exhausting awards season, but I do hope this animated gem does not get overlooked. Rianda's wonderful little picture deserves all of the award love this year. You are in for a treat with this bright and delightful picture, so sit back and enjoy the ride. The Mitchells vs the Machines is full of laughter and charisma from the beginning until the end. "Behold! The Twilight of Man!"
If you want to listen further on my thoughts about The Mitchells vs the Machines, Click Here. I was able to join my good friends, Matt & Ashley, on their podcast Mashley at the Movies to talk about this wonderful film.
The Mitchells vs the Machines is rated PG (Parental Guidance) Action and Some Language.
Stream it now on Netflix.
Directed by Mike Rianda
Starring Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Eric André, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, and Doug the Pug.
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