The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines ★★★★

Finally, after reading and hearing both praise and criticism about this new Sony animated film, I was able to see what all the fuss was about.

On one hand, if the goal of this movie was to capture the madness and energy of the Japanese games show, it succeeded tremendously. The hyperactivity that this film showed throughout was both contagious and extremely irritating. I would have appreciated some balance, but I cannot lie if I say several of the graphics and running gags made me laugh out loud. In my opinion, the now mythical scene with the Furbys was the best of the movie.

While the characters were all well constructed, I had trouble empathizing with Katie frequently since she could often fall so much into the stereotypes of the insufferable angsty teenager. In many ways, I actually sympathized more with the father, because the way they built the father-daughter relationship was so effective that when she cheated on him, I personally felt betrayed. The rest of the family had their own distinctive traits. Heck, even the story ark of our villain is compelling. Moreover, the cast's voice work was excellent and they managed to convey the emotions convincingly.

All in all, Even if I did not feel as inspired as some because of its uneven visual gags and narrative, thanks to some legit great moments comedy and well-developed characters who manage to overcome stereotypes, I'll recommend this if you haven't yet.

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