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The Mitchells vs. the Machines: Fun but Unfortunately Uneffective

By Antonio Luevanos

The Centennialight


The Mitchells vs. the Machines, Netflix's newest and most popular release, directed by Michael Rianda, starring Maya Rudolph, Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, and Eric Andre, is a film with one of the most unique styles I have ever seen. The animation and character design is very full-of-life and explosive. This style and the voice performances lend themselves well to the comedic aspect of the movie, making this one of the more modern genuinely funny movies targeted for kids.

The movie itself is very stylish. There are parts that are colorful and full of life. The style not only greatly lends itself to the movie and content, but allows certain aspects of the characters and atmosphere to really feel lively and flourish. As far as the animation, character design, and style goes, this film is just incredibly impressive.

Unfortunately, I cannot say the same thing about the story of this movie. Whilst The Mitchells vs. the Machines is genuinely funny and has some really great stuff, the story is extremely generic and as a result it sometimes drags. It’s easy to get taken out of the film when it begins to rely on such predictable and convenient tropes. Lots of elements are very convenient, and I get it, it’s a family/children’s movie, but that’s the biggest problem with it as a whole.

Nevertheless, this is a very wholesome, hilarious movie for the whole family and I’m looking forward to seeing what Rianda comes up with next.

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