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Review: The Mitchells vs. The Machines (Spoilers)

Roped into some Saturday afternoon babysitting, Tarkan takes a look at this new film from Sony/Netflix - Some light spoilers

Saturday afternoon.

Two young kids.

High speed internet with unlimited data, I’m sure you can see where this is going.

The Mitchells vs The Machines is the latest animated flick from Sony Pictures Animation, the same studio that brought us the outstanding Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, and is available now to stream on Netflix.

This time round however, instead of superheroes, the story focuses almost entirely on a family of misfits as they attempt to reconnect whilst simultaneously saving the world from psychotic robots.

The Mitchell’s consist of; Rick & Linda (voiced by Danny McBride and Maya Rudolph), and their kids, Katie & Aaron (voiced by Abbi Jacobson & Michael Rianda).

I’m going to put this out there, but I love hearing Abbi Jacobson voice characters, her performance is largely what has me so invested in the Disenchantment TV series and she does a great job as high-schooler going on to college student, Katie.

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Having said that, all of the voice performances within this film are excellent, and while I’d like to call out a standout, they were all of exceptionally high calibre.

The film starts with aspiring filmmaker Katie trying to break free of her family to attend film school across the country. Her relationship with her father is strained at best, as being a man of the wild, he has failed to show any interest in her interests in technology and filmmaking.

In order to try and heal that relationship, her father Rick tears up Katie’s airfare and decides on one last family road trip, to drive her across the country to her film school.

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It is during this trip that a new product called “PAL Max” has been announced by “PAL” in what appears to be this film universe’s equivilent to Apple, and that is where things take a turn for the worse.

What follows on is a heartwarming and hilarious adventure as the family desperately try to avoid capture by a series of crazed robots in their journey to try and save the human race.

The animation is nothing short of outstanding, and directors Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe have included many clever references to pop culture (you’ll never look at Furby the same again) as well as poking fun at our ever connected society.

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There were loads of genuine laugh-out-loud moments, as well as some real tearjerking ones. This is a film that wants you to connect to the central characters and achieves exactly that.

Conclusion

The Mitchells vs. The Machines is not just a great kids film, but a fantastic film all round. I got no end of enjoyment from this class act, even on my second screening Sunday morning (yes, that really happened).

It is a film that is so cleverly put together, so entertaining that it really makes you sit down and enjoy it the whole way through.

If you’re looking for a film to watch with the family or just a great animated comedy, it would be well worth seeking out.

Highly recommended!

By Tarkan

Thirty-something father of two who stays up later than he should to juggle playing video games, watching TV and working.