Quirky family fights to save the human race in animated film: The Mitchells vs. The Machines

“The Mitchells vs. The Machines” is more than just a movie about a not so average family during a machine apocalypse; it is a movie full of heartfelt relationships and social media in the best ways.

This movie is brought to screen by those who gave us “Spider-man: Into The Spider-Verse” and “The Lego-Movie”, if you have already seen those movies and enjoyed them then “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” is the perfect movie to watch next. Throughout the movie you will see social media and technology shown in a way you may have never seen it before. This Netflix film has appeared in the “Top 10 in the U.S Today” more than once since it hit streaming services April 23 and does not seem to be slowing down in it’s rise of popularity. 

Familiar voices such as Abbi Jacobson who you may know from “The Lego Ninjago Movie” as the voice of Nya, and even well known American singer-songwriter John Legend, who is Jim Posey and part of what looks like a picture perfect family, especially compared to the Mitchells. But that’s not all, throughout this movie you will hear the voices of Eric Andre, Maya Rudolph, Olivia Colman, Beck Bennett, Chrissy Teigen and more. 

This movie starts off with young Katie Mitchell who loves to make her own films and her father who loves nature and can’t understand technology, Rick Mitchell, not being able to get along or understand each other. To save his relationship with his daughter after another fight Rick unexpectedly intervenes with Katie’s plan to fly to film school and takes the whole family, including their dog, on a road trip. Along the way with tensions high they end up in the middle of a machine apocalypse as the only humans who have yet to be captured it becomes up to them to save the human race, but they have to learn how to get along first.

This movie has a little bit of everything, it’ll make you laugh, jump in your seat, tug at your heart strings, make you nod your head at something relatable and sit on the edge of your seat in suspense.

From the start it’s easy to tell that while both Rick and Katie care for each other they do not understand each other. Throughout the movie we see their relationship grow and change and their bond become stronger. The “Mitchells vs. the Machines” reminds people that even our relationships with family requires effort and needs to be nurtured as much as any other relationship.

This Netflix film also shows viewers that it is okay to not be normal, the Mitchells aren’t normal and that is clear from the start. Aaron, Katie’s younger brother, has a love for dinosaurs that many would call extreme and even obsessive but no one ever shames him for it. The movie also shows how someone can wish they were “normal” or had a “normal” family. Linda who is Katie’s mom cares about how they look compared to other families, she envies the Posey family because to her they seem perfect while her family has not had one decent picture taken in years. As the movie progresses Linda learns that she does not need her family to be like the Posey’s or have the best Instagram posts, her family loves each other and that is what matters.

The “Mitchells vs. the Machines” is also a very fun movie that is different from many others. Other films dont have the cartoon version of Doug the Pug,  an army of furbies that will surround a family of misfits,or two robots that may be somewhat malfunctioned but stole the spotlight more than once with their antics. It’s a movie with splashes of vibrant color, bright flashes, and drawings that are meant to be made by Katie. 

Viewers will also be pleased to hear the bops made specifically for the film such as the song “Live Your Life” by T.I ft. Rihanna and Alex Lahey’s original song “On My Way”. This comedy is also rated PG because of the action scenes and some language. 

“The Mitchells vs. the Machines” is very important to those in the LGBTQ+ community. The main character, Katie, had a rainbow pin on her hoodie throughout the whole movie without it being mentioned or made a huge part of her character. This is extremely important especially for young viewers because it shows constant representation of the LGBTQ+ community without making the whole movie about it or just appearing in one scene. 

This movie has a little bit of everything, it’ll make you laugh, jump in your seat, tug at your heart strings, make you nod your head at something relatable and sit on the edge of your seat in suspense.”The Mitchells vs. the Machines” is a movie unlike any other and is great to watch alone, with family and or with friends.