The Mitchells vs. The Machines - Netflix Movie Review

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Family road trips always seem to have a wild story with them, but I'm sure none of them quite match up to the adventures faced by the Mitchell family in The Mitchells vs. The Machines.  When I first saw the trailer for The Mitchells vs. The Machines I knew this movie looked fun - and with a slightly different twist then what I've seen in other animated films.  It didn't disappoint and made for a laugh-out-loud family movie night in our house!

The Mitchells vs. The Machines - Movie Review

The Mitchells vs. The Machines Production Still - Image from Netflix

Where should I start with what to love about this movie?  The storyline follows primarily the father-daughter relationship between Katie and Rick Mitchell.  Katie is getting ready to head off to film school and can't wait to find "her people" - her family (especially her dad) never seemed to quite "get her." After a family argument the night before she is set to leave for college, her dad decides to pack up the old station wagon and embark on a fun, family road trip to take Katie cross-country to film school in California.  But when a new piece of tech quite literally takes over the world, it's up to the Mitchell family to save the day!

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Part of what makes this movie so enjoyable is that every family that has taken a road trip will probably find lots to relate to in this film.  One of their road trip stops was at a Dinosaur park that looks amazing on the billboard. . .but ultimately fails in comparison.  Yeah - I think we stopped at the inspiration for that before!  Throughout the movie, the ups and downs of the family hit all the right notes.  The voice actors do a tremendous job bringing the characters to life - especially Abbi Jacobson who voices the lead character of Kate Mitchell.  

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The animation in this movie is also quirky and different - just like the Mitchells themselves which adds to the fresh, fun feeling of the movie.  I enjoyed the way that Kate animates the movie with her own embellishments on top of the animated story we're already watching.  I had the chance to sit down with some of the creative minds behind the movie during the New York International Children's Film Festival back in March where attendees were able to hear more about designing the "look" of The Mitchells vs. The Machines.  Viewers will also find the soundtrack another way that filmmakers added to the advancement of the story.  In short, there's a lot to love!  My only criticism of the movie is that at almost 2 hours, it is lengthy to hold young audiences' attention spans.  But with that being said, I don't know that there would be much I could even recommend cutting.  

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The Mitchells vs. The Machines is a great choice for family movie night and continues a growing tradition of really high quality family programming from Netflix!  If you haven't explored Netflix Family with your kids lately, check out all of my other Netflix coverage to see more of my favorites.   

About The Mitchells vs. The Machines (From Netflix)

From the humans who brought you the Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The LEGO Movie comes The Mitchells vs. The Machines, an animated action-comedy about an ordinary family who find themselves in the middle of their biggest family challenge yet…saving the world from the robot apocalypse. No big deal, right? It all starts when creative outsider Katie Mitchell is accepted into the film school of her dreams and is eager to leave home and find “her people,” when her nature-loving dad insists on having the whole family drive her to school and bond during one last totally-not-awkward-or-forced road trip. But just when the trip can’t get any worse, the family suddenly finds itself in the middle of the robot uprising! Everything from smart phones, to roombas, to evil Furbys are employed to capture every human on the planet. Now it’s up to the Mitchells, including upbeat mom Linda, quirky little brother Aaron, their squishy pug, Monchi, and two friendly, but simple-minded robots to save humanity. 

Directed by Michael Rianda (Gravity Falls), produced by Oscar winners Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and Kurt Albrecht, and featuring the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Beck Bennett, Fred Armisen, Eric Andre, and Oscar winner Olivia Colman, The Mitchells vs. The Machines is about embracing the things that make us unique, learning what it means to be human in a world increasingly filled with technology, and holding tight to the people most important to you when the unexpected hits.

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