The Mitchells vs. the Machines Review: A Visually Imaginative, Tonally Discordant Animation

The Mitchells vs. the Machines Review: A Visually Imaginative, Tonally Discordant Animation
Often discerning the right tonal balance between crude humor, clever references to film culture at large, and the bonds that make friends and family strong, the Lord and Miller team have brought us gems like 21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, and Spider-Verse in the last decade. Making his feature directorial and writing debut with The Mitchells vs. the Machines, Michael Rianda attempts to enter this realm with the help of the production team, colorful cast, and stunning animation by way of robo-pocalypse but unfortunately just misses the mark. If only the film curtailed the crudeness and violence that would’ve otherwise suited an adult-themed cartoon.

The Mitchell family at the story’s center is a fun, friendly, and familiar group. Kate Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson) is an aspiring film director about to go away to college who feels out of step with her family, particularly her father Rick (Danny McBride
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