The Mitchells vs. The Machines Movie Review
The robots are taking over and there’s nothing we can do about it, except look to a dysfunctional family in The Mitchells vs the Machines, an entertaining, off kilter animated adventure that gives zero f—ks. At least for a mainstream cartoon.
Released with seemingly little fanfare, The Mitchells is easily one of the better animated films of the year. Funny and just a little bonkers, it feels notably different than your typical Disney movie while not veering too off course, either. With irreverent humor that at least feels like it will stand the test of time, directors Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe mash together a story of family reconciliation with an apocalyptic sci-fi tale. It’s no Terminator, but for a family friendly film things begin to look a bit dire.
With great visual effects and animation that again doesn’t look too discomforting to those trained on Disney but doesn’t look exactly the same either, the film turns into an exhilarating eye blast of color, energy, and evil cell phones.
The Mitchells vs. the Machines may not have gotten the fanfare other animated movies received this year, but it’s well worth a watch. Just make sure your television doesn’t turn on you.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.