THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES (2021)
An absolute joy ride from start to finish, The Mitchells vs. The Machines knocks it out of the park on all fronts.
When Katie (Abbi Jacobson) gets into film school, her father (Danny McBride) plans a road trip as a last-ditch effort to rehabilitate a frayed relationship. Along with mom (Maya Rudolph) and brother Aaron (director Mike Rianda), the family embarks on a journey that tests their (and the world’s) ability to survive. The latest Lord and Miller-produced Sony Pictures Animation adventure expertly blends hilarious comedy with relatable family conflict, touched with a dash of a technological warning. This is one of those rare outings that will appeal to all ages for varying reasons, not the least of which is the charming central story of a father and daughter coming together. Sure, it takes a robot apocalypse and the potential end of the human race to serve as a catalyst, but that’s part of the Jexi-adjacent fun!
Sony Pictures Animation is truly on a hot streak; their films have the unique ability to engage the entire audience and play with their emotions, from genuine belly laughs to tear-inducing curveballs. This is where The Mitchells vs. The Machines thrives, especially under the direction of newcomer Mike Rianda, for it takes on that heavy lift with a fresh approach, a beautiful product, and a perfectly cast set of voice actors.
Perhaps what most works for the film is that the core themes and messages are relevant and relatable to anyone watching, whether specifically in the family aspects or relationships in general. Plus, of course, the not-so-veiled shots at corporate tech giants are terrifying accurate, however embellished they may be presented.
The Mitchells vs. The Machines is an undeniable home run and hits Netflix Friday, April 30th, 2021.
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