The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines ★★★★

A deeply relatable and sharply satirical family film that perfectly captures the apocalyptic anxieties surrounding privacy and human connection in the modern era. Mike Rianda's kaleidoscopic Internet video collages and scrappy doodles in the margins of the frame are charming additions to more conventional squash-and-stretch CG animation style. Unlike a film like Ralph Breaks the Internet, Rianda and Rowe's script feels more specific and realistic to the online experience, without pulling punches in gags aimed at Silicon Valley technocrats. The chaotic multimedium visual style can feel like a sensory overload at times, but the gags are executed with such personality and spunk that it's difficult to dislike.

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