‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’ (2021)

‘The Mitchells vs the Machines’ is directed by Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe and comes to us from Sony Animation and producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, known for launching the widely popular LEGO franchise and Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse. The film centers on the Mitchells, a dysfunctional family who’s road trip spearheaded by the father (played Danny McBride) in an attempt to bond with his daughter (played by Abbi Jacobson) before she goes to film school.

Accompanied by her silly dinosaur-loving brother (played by Michael Rianda) and loving mother (played by Maya Rudolph), this family adventure quickly turns into mayhem, when at the same time a tech companies AI robots have started to enslave humanity. Will the Mitchells be able to pull together as a family to survive the machines? Sony Pictures has again given us a uniquely stylistic animated film with heart, action, and strong family messages all wrapped up in one hilariously awesome film!

I loved this film, and I’m already calling it one of the best-animated films of 2021. The families’ dynamics between each other are familiar heartwarming and completely engaging to watch. All the performances are great, they all have hilarious moments and great chemistry. The family’s dog, a pug, makes for some really memorable funny beats and you will be DEAD after a certain scene involving a shopping mall.

The films message of understanding sacrifices, learning about each others passions and dreams, and even if your family is dysfunctional, that doesn’t mean they can’t change and grow. I found myself again getting ‘tearsticle’ kicked at the end of the film and was happy for it.

Overall, ‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines is 2021’s best Animated film so far. I loved the comedy, the style, and the overall message it has and thing it will be an absolute hit for any family this weekend!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Patrick Beatty
Patrick Beatty

Patrick Beatty is a film critic and creator of PatrickBeattyReviews.com and the Gaggle of Geeks Podcast network. Watch him Friday’s on ABC4 Good Things Utah talk about movies and follow all his work in the link below.

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