Review in Brief: The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021)

Between INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE and now THE MITCHELLS VS THE MACHINES, Sony Pictures Animation are in a league of their own. Nobody else is creating animated features with this energy, emotion and visual uniqueness quite like them. Aspiring filmmaker Katie’s (Abbie Jacobson) plans to start college and “find her people” are scuppered by her dad’s (Danny McBride) insistence that they bond as a family one last time on a road trip. Oh, and there’s the small matter of a worldwide robot uprising as well. Writer-directors Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe and their animation team bring to life a vivid and beautiful CG/hand-drawn hybrid world and a story that’ll leave you crying with laughter and just plain crying, especially if you’re from a family of weirdos yourself. This is one of the great dysfunctional family films about parents and children who mean well but continually fail to communicate, who are ultimately both helped and hindered by modern technology along the way. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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