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The Mitchells vs. The Machines Review

The Buff and The Blazer May 23, 2021 201


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The Buff and The Blazer Episode 72: The Mitchells vs. The Machines Review

The Mitchells vs. The Machines: All Kinds of Good Fun

Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe’s The Mitchells vs. The Machines add another check in the win column for animation. The film’s beautiful animation features similarities to stop-motion. Like many kid-friendly animated films, you want a good sense of humor. This film features the kind of humor that will make kids and adults laugh out loud. Finally, The Mitchells vs. The Machines has the type of heart and goodwill messaging that most films lack. Ultimately, this film is one that people of any age can appreciate and enjoy.

A Pretty Picture
The Mitchells vs. The Machines Review – All Kinds of Good Fun
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The Mitchells vs. The Machines features a beautiful animation style. It has a visual style that looks like CG animation and Claymation merged. It’s as if Pixar and Wallace and Gromit had a baby. Sony Pictures Animation has been at the forefront of animation style for several years, with films like Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. The fact that Phil Lord and Chris Miller produce the film, says good things. Overall, the film is just pretty to look at, with vivid colors and fun character designs to match its comedic chops.

LOLs for All
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One of the best things about The Mitchells vs. The Machines is its witty humor. The film’s jokes drop fast. There are soo many small hilarious moments, and it’s hard to keep track. Even more important is the pacing of comedy. You don’t get bombarded with non-stop comedy to the point where jokes stop landing. There is a good amount of space between hilarious moments and slower, heartfelt scenes. The humor of this film is similar to the sensibilities of producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, which probably explains their involvement. People of any age will enjoy the kind of comedy being served up here by Rianda and Rowe.

Heart and Good Will to the Roof
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Of course, it’s hard to review a great animated film without touching on heart and messaging. Here, Rianda and Rowe nail both. The film has some great things to say about humanity, family, and the struggles those relationships entail. We get to understand each member of the Mitchells and come out rooting for each of them. Each character grows from start to finish. Perhaps more important than anything else, you leave the film realizing that a little bit of empathy goes a long way. The Mitchell’s vs. The Machines has a lot to teach kids and adults alike, without spoon-feeding either.

Drew & El Toddo’s Rating:

4.5

4.75

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