The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines ★★★★½

The Mitchells vs. The Machines is such a pleasant surprise and a strong contender for next year's best animation Oscar. With its somewhat overplayed theme of rogue robots, it did the impossible by injecting brand new ideas, splendid visuals and solid, quirky gags into a 2-hour ride that's worth every minute of it. The end result is simply a blast from start to finish that's going to stick for a long time.

The Mitchells vs. The Machines succeeds in covering every base, which is a rarity for animations these days. The story is layered with its topical satires on the tech companies and the social media era, where the general public's addiction to the Internet and a lack of compassion for fellow men are perfectly ridiculed in the most outlandish manner.

At the core of the story, however, The Mitchells is ultimately a family drama that centers on a father-daughter duo who can't seem to understand each other yet find mutual grounds during their fights for the human race. There are definitely moments of cheese and cliche but they are fortunately overcompensated by the brilliance of other aspects, largely thanks to an air-tight script, top-notch retro visual effects, as well as a stellar voice cast, where almost every single celebrity member shined in one way or another.

Overall The Mitchells vs. The Machines is one of the best animations I've seen this year so far and a guaranteed good time. Highly recommended.

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