‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’ Review- One Too Many Phone Alerts

The Mitchells vs. the Machines‘ is a CGI animated film from Sony Pictures Animation and directed by Mike Rianda. Originally planned for a theatrical release, it made its premiere on Netflix.

Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson) graduates high school and desires to go to film school far away from her home in Michigan. This creates tension between her and her father Rick (Danny McBride) who cares about nature and despises technology. After a family dinner goes wrong, Rick packs up Katie, his wife Linda (Maya Rudolph), and younger brother Aaron (Mike Rianda) for a college road trip. Meanwhile, the malevolent AI known as PAL (Olivia Colman) becomes angry when her creator and big tech mogul Dr. Mark Bowman (Eric André) announces he will end her programming. PAL becomes angry and begins to hack into technology all over the world with the plan to launch humanity into outer space. Somehow the Mitchells manage to evade capture and find themselves unlikely heroes trying to save humanity.

Animation is having a bit of a comeback and this movie is certainly one of the most well-made. At first, I thought the human models felt a bit cartoonish for a CGI movie, but it worked with the vibe that the film. It was well-designed and I liked the illustrations.

Now the movie did have a few hiccups. While at times it seemed to criticize the culture’s obsession with technology and even outright drops some criticism, it also plays it safe for the sake of its young audience. It is a shame because to could have seized the moment, but instead leans into the phone alerts, social media notifications, and computer photo filters to make your head spin. It honestly got annoying after a while, especially during the climax. If they had scaled it back a bit during the middle, it would have been a bit funnier in the end. Instead, it slowed down the action and made it feel bumpy at times.

Now, that does not mean the movie is bad. It is a high-stakes adventure that was fun to watch as the Mitchells find themselves humanity’s salvation. The way the tense family comes together despite their differing beliefs about technology and nature was well-written. Nothing extraordinary, but the cast does a good job with the characters they are voicing.

Bottom line, The Mitchells vs. the Machines is a decent animated feature that has a fun plot, though it gets muddled in its message at times.

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Inappropriate behavior, Violence, Suggestive content

FAVORITE QUOTE: It’s almost like stealing people’s data and giving it to a hyper-intelligent AI as part of an unregulated tech monopoly was a bad thing.

Check out the trailer below:

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