‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’ Film Review: Who Wants to Be Normal Anyway?

“The Mitchells have always been weird and that’s what makes us great!”

Between trying to find yourself in your teenage years and people who just seem to love to make your life more complicated. Growing up can definitely be a chore, and The Mitchells vs. the Machines captures those feeling and somehow turns it into a fantastic journey.

Overview

Katie Mitchell hits the road with her family for one last trip before she moves out for good. Little does she know this trip will be much more of an adventure than she thought it’d be.

I Shouldn’t Be Smiling This Hard

I don’t know the last time I laughed, smirked, or smiled this much in an animated kids’ film. From sight gags to just random jokes, everything seemed to land for the most part. The stuff that wasn’t hilarious still didn’t stand out as being bad though.


Much of this is owed to the characters. The Mitchell family is great; all of them have their moments. You feel like you get to understand them throughout the course of the movie

Believe It or Not They Know What They’re Doing

When you’re watching this movie, there’s so much to catch. Little animations on the screen and background features are prevalent during the whole picture. It can be even a little distracting at times; however, the film feels like it has a goal.


The pacing is excellent. All of the story beats are hit, and it naturally progresses to the next. There isn’t a period of time where I’m thinking to myself, “okay… well, this is going on way too long”.

Better with Time

Many animated movies have a similar conclusion. They generally don’t throw you for a loop, and you want to click the fast-forward button since it’s so familiar. While The Mitchells vs. the Machines does go in a familiar area, it put a permanent smile on my face for the last half hour.

Even though the ending wasn’t the most unpredictable thing in the world, it was still so much fun. As the time came closer to the conclusion, the more I wanted to see of the Mitchells.

Unnecessary

There aren’t many things that I believe the film does wrong, but I do think for some portion of the film, one of the main characters is pretty unlikeable.

Since they have such a huge role and the story focuses on them, you can’t escape it. Their feelings are pretty justified as well, but the person just ends up feeling like the bad guy in the given situation.

Conclusion

The Mitchells vs. the Machines is one of the most enjoyable films I’ve seen in quite a while. It made me feel like a little kid. My only wish is that I could experience it again for the first time.

The cast is phenomenal and the writing to boot. Each of the main characters is given plenty of screen time, and none feel like they overstayed their welcome.

As odd as it is, The Mitchells vs. the Machines ended up getting better as time went on. I expected the end to be something I had seen a thousand times before and to feel the need to skip it. However, it is just as enjoyable as any other part of the picture.

Easily the most disappointing aspect was just having such an integral character be annoying for a bit. You end up feeling like if they’d take the extra step to improve one of their relationships, everything could just get better.

Lastly, The Mitchells vs. the Machines proves that Sony Pictures is on the right track after the Emoji Movie, and hopefully, we’ll end up seeing other works that are just as brilliant as the Mitchells.

Verdict 8 out of 10 Stars

Now available on Netflix!

4 thoughts on “‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’ Film Review: Who Wants to Be Normal Anyway?

  1. Seeing the recommendation, I might as well pick it up soon! Oh, and check out Wolfwalkers (2020). Recently one of my favourite animations, splendid voice acting, great design, good character development, etc.

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