Quick Review: The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021)
2021-05-07 - Reading time: 2 minutes
The Mitchells vs. The Machines just might be my new favorite animated film.
Or at least it slots into my Top 3 with ease. This is possibly the funniest and most creative film I've seen in a long time.
The characters take almost no time to get to know and love. There's an insane energy to the film.
It's almost like... ugh, this is a VERY strained analogy that I'm not entirely comfortable with, but I can't get it out of my head: the happily "outsider" vibe of The Addams Family crossed with the family unity of the Belchers from Bob's Burgers. (Hell, the mom is even named 'Lin'.) Then mix in a dash of Gravity Falls, and lots of energy drinks.
And then send them all on a road trip to save the world.
The comedy is often quite hyperkinetic but there isn't a dud in the batch. For a lesser film a fast pace of "random" and pop culture might be a negative, but The Mitchells own it and thread that needle with ease. It never becomes obnoxious.
Honestly, I can't praise it enough. I LOVED this flick and I'm kind of clawing the desk to throw it on again.
I sincerely hope they consider follow-ups in the style of a "The Mitchells vs...." series, keeping the same writers. Because they've REALLY got something special here.