The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Release Date: April 30 2021
Directed by: Michael Rianda
Throughout the year of 2021, Netflix has been working on releasing lots and lots of original content (check out this article to learn more about the streaming wars that Netflix is trying to win).
Many of these Netflix originals have been expensive flops that just keep piling up on everyone’s Netflix queue, but The Mitchells vs. The Machines rains superior to all the crap Netflix has been releasing and in an animated masterpiece.
The Mitchells vs. The Machine’s main plot is that main character, Katie, is following her dreams and is heading out to film school in L.A. She has always dreamed of writing films and creating things that make people laugh (sound like anyone you know??), but her dad, Rick Mitchell, is nervous that the real world is going to chew up and spit out his little girl and doesn’t know if this is the right path for her — Katie does not take that conversation too well.
Trying to repair the rocky relationship between Katie and her family, Rick plans an extra family bond time road trip and of course…nothing goes right.
That sounds like a real basic family vacation movie plot, but The Mitchells vs. The Machines puts it own spin on it where cell phones basically take over and the weird Mitchell family has to save the world — you don’t remember that part in Vacation do ya?
The biggest thing for me in this movie (other than the script) is the animation style; it is absolutely breathtaking. Because the whole idea is that Katie is heading to film school and is constantly on her phone/computer creating, throughout the movie there are all these fun and crazy filters on the characters to add just that extra set of emotion and humor to the plot.
Some of the filters are stupid cat face filters to amp up the funny, but there were also certain effects and filters that added that extra something to the actual emotions being conveyed in that scene.
The best part where this is done is whenever something wholesome happens, you see the hearts slowly start to accumulate around the character(s). I think that this was not only a really smart animation move to add something visually but was a real great writing choice because as I mentioned before, it is adding extra layers to the feelings being portrayed in those certain scenes.
This movie was full of family values and that is one of the main reasons I liked it so much.
The Mitchells are not a normal family and everything they did I see in my family. I know I am not the only person who saw their family in this film and that is just another indicator about how thought out this script was — the creators took everything they could to create something close to home for its viewers and that is smart!
On top of the smart writing and visually appealing animation, this movie was absolutely hilarious — it was laugh after laugh since the very start of the movie.
The Mitchells vs. The Machines is an obvious triple threat movie — good writing, good looks and funny as hell!
Overall, I really loved this movie and it was something I really needed to see at this point in my life. I think the messages throughout the movie were extremely memorable and I really just cherished the fact that I saw my family in the Mitchells; this film gets a 5/5 hands down.
I recommend this movie to everybody out there because it is a feelgood movie without being too sappy so anybody can enjoy it — is an instant classic in my book.
The Mitchells vs. The Machines is out on Netflix right now and rumor has it, it will added to other streaming sites and will be released on DVD shortly!