Robert’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Every kid leaves home. It's not the end of the world."
Well, that was a disappointment.
The Mitchells vs. The Machines is Sony Pictures Animation's follow up to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which was a film I surprisingly enjoyed so much that I would consider it my 2nd favorite animated movie (behind Anomalisa). However, this movie was a big let-down. Despite some excellent animation and colorful imagery, my biggest problem with the film is the writing.
It's clear that Sony wanted to replicate the success of Into the Spider-Verse with this film. The problem with that is that the wacky visuals in Into the Spider-Verse work because the film is clearly trying to resemble a comic book. Here, it feels nothing more than "LOL funi randum XD". The humor is very forced, to the point where I rolled my eyes every time someone references a meme or any form of Internet culture. Please stop referencing memes, Hollywood. You're not cool.
The movie's also very predictible, but I guess that's a given since so many kids' movies are predictible. At the end of the day, I'm just a cynical adult, and it's not my duty to talk about predictibility in children's movies.
Honestly, this was a big letdown. After hearing so many good things about this movie, I was hoping for something I could actually like, but unfortunately, it fails miserably. And stop pretending that Sony Pictures Animation made a bunch of good movies, because they didn't. They made tons of shit. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was their best film, and it was a great follow up to the crime against humanity known as The Emoji Movie. I haven't seen Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs since I saw it in theaters, and, although it might still hold up, my point stands. I will say, I really like the LGBT representation. It feels a lot more genuine rather than just a throwaway line that could be edited out for China.
I also really like Danny McBride's voice acting, but every time I hear his voice, I'm reminded of either Kenny Powers or Duane Earl from GTA V's in-game radio station. Other than all of this, I was very disappointed with this. 2.5/5.