The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines ★★★

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"Who would've thought a tech company wouldn't have our best interest at heart?"

Sony Animation's follow-up to their Academy Award winning, Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse is a delightfully humorous romp with a quirky, weirdly off-putting family on a desperate adventure to save the world from our new robot over lords.

The animation team at Sony got some big heads after finally besting Disney out of the Oscar that they figured an awkward family adventure film with randomized bits of sketch and physical comedy mixed together with an neverending splash of intense color palettes would do the trick again.

Sadly, not so much. While the film is colorful, features an accomplished and hysterical voice cast, and has fun and lovable characters to root for, the issue here really is what this film doesn't have.

The film shares some similarities with others in its genre (The Incredibles most notably), the family dynamic theme that it explores here is a fairly weak one and because a lot of story is sacrificed for jolting super cuts to fit as much comedy as possible, no other themes get explored to a great effect.

Our lead character is queer and that's awesome and amazing and it's not the focus of her character. She's loved and accepted by her family, and there's no room or reason to criticize her sexuality in the film. Love that. And her work as an amateur filmmaker is great stuff, but is again, an aspect that doesn't get fully developed throughout the storyline.

The other thing that this film lacks over a lot of others is it's believability. I know it's animated and dealing with a robot apocalypse, but having the mom suddenly becoming a martial arts master at the end and their station wagon which got beat up seven ways to Sunday is suddenly in good enough shape to drive upwards on an incline, it just became too much disbelief to suspend.

I think the humor here was really the focus of the filmmakers, and much of it turned out great. But the heart and emotion and believability that was left out was noticeable and significant.

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