anubhav2804’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Mitchells, a dysfunctional family, must fight a robot apocalypse amidst their much-awaited road trip to save humanity.
The Mitchells vs.The Machines is very much cut from the same talented cloth as Sony Pictures Animation’s Oscar-winning hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The brilliant artists at Sony Pictures Animation, yet again, set a new bar for computer animation; offering audiences indescribably energetic visuals that astonishingly never lose the film’s lightning-fast pace.
But just like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the story struggles to keep up with the film’s skill. The movie assuredly commits its general theme to the importance of communication, but the narrative misses a big opportunity to focus its main father-daughter dynamic on this message.
Its also laugh-out-loud funny too with a uniquely self-aware and witty dynamic script. The feature is filled with a number of hilarious visual gags, recurring jokes (particularly involving Monchi the pug), meme references and stand-out sequences including the Mitchells vs a Furby army with a terrifying giant Furby overlord!
The central concept is also timely and relatable, featuring sharp social commentary of a family struggling to connect in the world of modern technology, particularly when faced with comparisons to what they see as ‘the perfect family’ on social media.
At 113 minutes, the film is certainly longer than average when compared to most animated adventures. However, from the word go, the momentum that’s generated from the film’s wild and exhilarating story ensures that at no point does the film lose the momentum that it has generated.
It moves from fun road trip film to a battle for humanity’s survival with effortless ease, as a wild mixture of hilarious gags and thrilling action help to keep the plot going at a frenetic and exhilarating pace. Furthermore, it packs plenty of heart-warming character moments in between absolutely thrilling action scenes that will definitely be appreciated by man and machine-kind alike in equal measure.