Check: Combining unique character design and a vivid explosion of color, ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ grabs your attention from the start with its distinctive animation. It’s a tough task considering the number of high-quality animated movies that have come out recently. But producers Christopher Lord and Phil Miller bring their expertise from films like ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ and ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ to create a dazzling, high-energy film. There is no time when your attention is diverted from opening credits to closing (you don’t want to skip the last ones). It guarantees the courage to rewatch with all the hidden jokes and jokes in every little scene, and there is no way you can see them all in the first time.
That doesn’t take the attention away from the Mitchell family. Director Michael Rianda manages to bring method to madness by keeping emotional narratives under control and highly identifiable. After all, they all have some oddities in their families, with problems that they would rather leave unsolved. Rick is unsure of Katie’s future and as a technologically incompetent father, he cannot connect with his young daughter, who makes ridiculous videos full of memes. But before they can face their problems, they are looking to the end of the world. Voice acting channels energy, and each of the Mitchells makes their specific moments shine. Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe’s excellent film writing keeps you entertained as it tugs on your heartstrings.
While the movie’s message of finding humanity outside of our technological dependency isn’t new, the witty presentation and heartfelt humor bring it a life of its own.