The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines ★★★★½

I was among the first to witness this highly awaited film after being pushed back from its October premiere, before it moved to Netflix, due to the pandemic(it's not the first nor the last animated film to move from theatrical level to streaming), and it's a shame that we didn't get the theatrical experience from the Mitchells, but enough with the elephant in the room, "The Mitchells vs the Machines" is actually better than anyone anticipated it to be.

First off, it's the funniest animated comedy so far this year, nearly every joke landed perfectly

Alongside some heartfelt moments that really could make you emotional

The animation is highly creative and visually stunning from the designs of the characters to the zaniness of the action scenes, and if you're a fan of The Owl House and/or Amphibia, you'll be surprised that Dana Terrace and Matt Braly, the creators of the respective shows worked on certain scenes in this movie

Plus, the banger score by Mark Mothersbaugh is just zany and incredible, he's been known in the animation community for a long time, but his music is always great and this is no exception

The voice acting is incredibly strong with most of the actors giving a strong performance from Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Eric Andre, and even Doug the Pug

But I will have to address a few nitpicks, like the performance by the film's director, Michael Rianda was a bit weird and awkward as Aaron, like he can get some hilarious bits, but it sounded like he landed into puberty, they should had casted Sean Giambrone in the role, but he was busy with The Goldbergs and Solar Opposites, and the story might had been a little predictable at first, since it had some tropes

But aside from these, likely controversial nitpicks, THIS is an absolute must watch for everyone when it lands on Netflix on April 30th, although in my eyes, it's not among the ranks of "Soul", "Raya and the Last Dragon", "The Lego Movie", or even Sony's very own "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse", but it's still a great film on its own, and I'm glad Sony Animation has gone from producing garbage like The Smurfs live action movies and The Emoji Movie to producing great films like Spider-Verse and now this creative film

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