Moviesfan123’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Mitchells vs. The Machines is a really fun and beautifully animated movie. I was quite excited for this film and it did not disappoint. Lord and Miller know what their doing. They may have not directed and written this film but just the film really shares their visual style and just the energy their other films have. The Beginning wasn’t really doing it for me. But after a bit I started to get used to the film and I really liked it especially by the end. The animation is just so unique. I really love style here. I love energy to the film. Sometimes it can be a bit too fast paced for my tastes list in the beginning but again I got used to it. It’s just a gorgeous move to look at. The colors are great. It does kind of have a similar style to Spider Man: Into the Spider Verse. The animation really compliments the action here. There isn’t a dull moment. It’s always entertaining especially as the film progresses. It gets better and better as the film goes along. The final act is insane and I absolutely loved it. The wackiness of the film works very well. It never felt like it was too much. The wacky nature of it worked really well. It’s perfectly utilized. It’s crazy that this film works. It really shouldn’t. The robot apocalypse concept has been done before and on paper this film sounds kind of ridiculous. But it just works. It just does. Part of that is due to Lord and Miller who have also made a film like The Lego Movie work which is literally a film based of off toys that you can build stuff with get it worked. But another part of that it due to the directors, Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe. They were able to make a film about one family facing off against robots special. The film has a lot of heart to it and the emotional aspects don’t feel forced and they don’t feel fake either. The family dynamic here is what really makes it work most especially the relationship between the father and daughter. That’s the most heartwarming part to this movie. It’s really the core of the film. Their characters are just amazing. The mother and son are good characters as well even if they aren’t given nearly as amazing arcs. The mom especially is a lot of fun. The brother is a little annoying but he didn’t really bother me and I though his character was good. Maya Rudolph, Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson, and Michael Rianda are all great as the family. They also fit into their characters very well. It’s also worth mentioning Olivia Colman as the evil iPhone as she’s just amazing here. It was just a perfectly cast. The messages of the film are really good as well. The film isn’t against technology as it may seem. It doesn’t say that technology is truly that bad. But you can’t let it separate you from your love ones. You can’t let it eat up your lives. We can do amazing things with technology. We can create works of art with it. It opens up to a world of possibilities but we must remember that family matters. And it also teaches parents to let their kids do what they want to do. Let them live the lives they want to live. Family is family no matter what. Family can be weird but that’s okay. I just really liked the messages of the film. It’s a little predictable and definitely not all of it makes total sense but that’s fine. It’s so fun that stuff like that doesn’t matter. The end is really heartwarming. It’s a satisfying conclusion. This year looks to be a pretty good year for animation. Raya and the Last Dragon was a lot of fun and this was even better. I’m excited for Luca and other animated films to come. Animation is truly a beautiful art form when it’s used correctly and there aren’t fart jokes every second. Really hope this gets some Oscar recognition. It’s just a great movie. I definitely recommend it. It’s a cute movie and it’s also just a blast. It’s also very funny. Not all the jokes work but many do. There are some great laughs throughout the movie. I liked the humor. It just added to the fun of the film and there weren’t any fart jokes I don’t think which was nice. Overall The Mitchels vs. The Machines is just a really good time.