Wednesday Apr 21, 2021

The Mitchells vs. the Machines Review: A Visually Imaginative, Tonally Discordant Animation



Often discerning the right tonal balance between crude humor, clever references to film culture at large, and the bonds that make friends and family strong, the Lord and Miller team have brought us gems like 21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie, and Spider-Verse in the last decade. Kate Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson) is an aspiring film director about to go away to college who feels out of step with her family, particularly her father Rick (Danny McBride) who’s often urged along by the eccentric mother Linda (Maya Rudolph) to make more of an effort. Combining the 2D animation and comic book-inspired visual effects of Spider-Verse with CGI that allows the explosive action elements to blend seamlessly into the background, the film is visually stunning and chock full of flare.

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