The Mitchells vs. the Machines movie review: the robo-apocalypse can entertain

The pandemic has forced a number of movie studios to take their projects to streaming services to reach an audience. Disney has its premieres on the Disney+ service; Coming 2 America made an impact on Amazon Prime; now we have a truly underrated animated movie from Sony’s studio on Netflix for all to enjoy. But don’t let the streaming format fool you – The Mitchells vs. the Machines is a big-screen delight for all ages to enjoy.

Directed by Mike Rianda and produced by the Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Mitchells takes the robot apocalypse theme and has a field day with it, thanks to an unlikely villain who’s a laugh riot – and the surprise heroes who do much more than chuckle.

Those heroes are the Mitchells, a goofball family led by not-so-super dad Rick (Danny McBride). His daughter Katie (Abbi Jacobson) is looking to take her YouTube filmmaking career to the next level with college, but her father Rick opts to take her there via a road trip across the country, with her mother Linda (Maya Rudolph) and her younger brother Aaron (Rianda, superb in the role) along for the ride.

But it’s just when they start their road trip that the robots start acting up. And it’s all thanks to a cell phone-like device called PAL, voiced by Hot Fuzz’s own Olivia Colman. She’s fed up with being a hand-me-down in the face of a new PAL device, which tech whiz Mark Bowman (Eric Andre, fresh from his Adult Swim show) has introduced. So what’s a forgotten device to do? Lead the robots against the humans and try to eradicate them, of course.

So much is working for The Mitchells vs. the Machines that it’s not even funny – though it is hilarious. First off, the writing is superb, and there’s a number of Easter eggs. So many, in fact, you’ll have to watch the movie two to three times to catch them all – and you still might miss something. It’s also got some wonderful action sequences for a family film (how many times can you say that?), including a run-in with an enlarged Furby that’s a sight to behold. You might just find it to be the best movie sequence with a Furby ever. (I believe it’s the only one…?)

On top of that, the animation style is insanely good. Along with top-notch animation and other neat little effects, the movie also benefits from sweet hand-drawn designs stemming from Katie’s brain, so you get a look at just how she perceives everything. It’s original and really well done, and gives the movie a little more shine.

Not to mention the music. It’s loaded with upbeat, delightful pop tunes, but also features a killer score by DEVO co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh. And he’s very well up for the job – so much, in fact, that he probably should see what films he can work on next. If it’s possible, Lord and Miller might want to consider him for the Spiderverse sequel. Just saying.

Finally, The Mitchells vs. the Machines wins with its voice cast. Abbi Jacobson is great fun as Katie. The rest of the family is fun as well, and it’s great to hear Fred Armisen and Beck Bennett joining the fun as a pair of unconvertable robots. There’s also Blake Griffin, Chrissy Tiegen, and Conan O’Brien if you listen closely enough.

And Michael had something special to say about Danny McBride as well, since this isn’t his usual territory. “performances in the movie for me was Danny McBride as Rick Mitchell. While I deeply appreciate McBride’s acting style and on-screen antics, Rick Mitchell seemed like an odd casting choice from him from his typical roles. Examples would be like Your Highness, Pineapple Express, and This is the End just to name a few. Those are only a few examples of his prior roles but give you a good feel for his acting style but he made Rick Mitchell his own and did an amazing job bringing thia character to life. Not just by playing a fatherly figure but the depth of how far he went into character. You’ll see it or you’ve seen it, when you watch. I don’t want to spoil some of his best lines in the movie but you’ll know them when you hear them.

But, to me, the real star of the show is Colman. She’s a laugh riot as the fed-up PAL, making all sorts of great points about technology while still somehow being incredibly ruthless. This is easily one of her best performances.

Oh. And Michael also wanted to add: “Least not we forget the trusty, loyal animal pet/sidekick, Munchie the pug. They DID NOT disappoint! We can’t go into to much detail without giving away some of the best parts of the movie but the shenanigans entailed just add to the viewing pleasure and overall hilarity.” I definitely agree.

Even if you’re not up for traditional family fare, not to worry. The Mitchells vs. the Machines is anything but. It’s filled with hilarious moments, as well as heartfelt stuff that helps you feel the connection with family. Not to mention it has thrilling animation, excellent music and truly amazing style that other few films can match. You may be thrown off by the fact it’s on a “streaming channel,” but don’t be. These Mitchells provide big summer entertainment, and you shouldn’t miss it. Now put down that phone.

RATING: 9/10

Success or Failure: What To Expect From The New Breaking Bad Movie

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What’s in store for the latest from the Breaking Bad franchise?

Since the Breaking Bad franchise ended in 2013, there have been a number of dedicated fans re-watching the series time and time again watching their favorite episodes. But with the recent release of the Breaking Bad film El Camino, fans are ready to see the Aaron Paul reprise his role as Jesse with a brand-new storyline. In this article, we will be looking into whether this film was a success or a failure.

Breaking Bad: Beyond The Series

When the series ended, there was a large group of people left with a huge hole in their lives from a TV show that had been so impactful to so many and captivated audiences between the years of 2008 and 2013. But since the franchise ended, there have been a number of fan theories as well as new slots released every week, some of which were themed to tailor to fans of this iconic franchise.

The Story Arc Of Jesse Pinkman

El Camino is the name of the highly anticipated Breaking Bad film but despite the drama-filled finality to the series, this is not the thriller that many expected it to be. With the film following on from this, it is a chance of Jesse Pinkman to see some closure. As Aaron Paul reprises the iconic character, we are set to see the character immediately after his release from prison. The now-deceased Walter White was behind the rescue mission but died in the process of getting Pinkman released.

Since the release of the initial trailer, there has been much speculation as to who will be reprising their role within the film as a number of the main characters are now dead. The film itself is said to cut between the 48 hours following Pinkman’s release from prison, as well as the emotional turmoil that he is dealing with on a constant basis.

The Initial Reviews

For many who are fans of the franchise, this is the perfect film, it has all the cameos you could ever
want, alongside some of the most memorable characters in the franchise, but for those that are looking at the film from a cinematic perspective, they may be disappointed. The film appears to be more like three Breaking Bad episodes put together rather than a film making it seem oddly disjointed.

With this being said, it does not take away from the complex storyline and outstanding acting that is brought to the audience by everyone involved making for an enjoyable viewing experience.

The Name El Camino

Though this could be in reference to the car seen in one of the first scenes of the film, a 1975 Chevrolet El Camino, the words El Camino in Spanish for road or way. Though this is up for interpretation by audiences, this is meant to be much more than just a story of Jesse Pinkman but rather a road to freedom from his own demons. For many, the film showed a softer side to this character that many are not used to seeing.

With his own demons to overcome and a lot to learn about life itself, the audience is taken on a journey.
With the story arch of the slowly coming to an end, we see Jesse slowly evolve into an adult. Though some challenges he faces are similar to those in the hit TV show, there are many that are more moral and some that carry a large amount of emotion.

With no cinema releases of this film scheduled in the UK, the streaming giant Netflix has seen a large
amount of success with the film since its release on October 11, 2019. Many are watching to see where their beloved character has ended up since the finale of the series aired and they will not be disappointed. This Netflix film is certainly one made by the producers for the fans and is the perfect end to a franchise that is loved by so many. Why not watch it for yourself?