Austin Burke’s review published on Letterboxd:
A quirky, dysfunctional family's road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity's unlikeliest last hope.
The best comparison when looking at the quick-hitting humor and overall style of the Comedy here is The Lego Movie. We can obviously tie-in Lord and Miller producing, but it is just wild how well they can implement their style without directing a project. Our Directors do an excellent job, as they beautifully blend multiple styles. From an animation perspective we can look at Lord and Miller’s other films like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and even Spider-Verse. If this film hits right, and I believe it will, we could be looking at The Incredibles for this generation. We join a fun family of four as they venture into an unexpected battle with robots, technology, and each other.
The focus is on our father/daughter duo, as they just have entirely different ways of looking at life. They clash, as Katie is going off to college and dad is struggling with the entire concept. He plans this road trip to get her there, but that is interrupted when this artificial intelligence decides to fight back. Olivia Coleman provides the voice of this brilliant villain, and the overall cast is excellent. My only hesitation was Danny McBride, but he ended up being one of the best parts. The humor hits so quick and constant. Not every joke lands, but unlike most family films, the majority hit so hard. The film wisely plays on technology, the pros and cons of constantly using it, and what people would become without it. The cutaways include people losing it when the WiFi is gone and Rick hitting the wrong series of buttons when trying to use something as simple as YouTube.
Certain moments are obviously and intentionally exaggerated, but they are absolutely hilarious. Beyond the humor, the heart is what stands out. Little brother trying to conjure up the strength to talk to a girl is great, and Maya Rudolph’s Linda being stuck in the middle of the bickering gives us another viewpoint to relate to at times. The predictability and familiarity of the story is the only major knock on it all, but it even has the chance to become more predictable in the third act, and they opt to throw us a nice curveball. The writing here is just incredible for this type of movie, and it is a visual feast for the eyes. This is Pixar-level fun, and it may even go up a notch upon rewatch. Do not miss this one on Netflix when it hits on the 30th!
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