The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Published May 2, 2021

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Film info

  • Title The Mitchells vs. The Machines
  • Director Michael Rianda
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 1hr 54m
  • Genres Action, Animation, Science Fiction, Comedy, Family, Adventure
  • Tagline Saving the world can be a trip

A robot apocalypse put the brakes on their cross-country road trip. Now it's up to the Mitchells - the world's weirdest family - to save the human race.

Live blog

Time Comment
3:13 Love how creative she is! Even so young.
5:02 “I’m a little occupado.” Yep, using that.
9:40 The mum is amazing already.
14:37 This girl’s packing skills are far too casual.
15:50 He thought missing orientation week would help make things better??
18:28 “Prancer belongs to the canyon now!!” Just had to pause to read the disclaimer small print - so much effort has gone into this!
23:22 Very reminiscent of Tony Stark and his expos that go wrong.
28:51 Human fun pods.
32:27 A thousand dollar hoodie!!
34:00 Olivia Colman as a Siri-like phone with rage issues is incredz.
44:11 The defective robot duo are amazing. And exhausting.
52:31 “Who would have thought a tech company wouldn’t have our best interests at heart?”
55:58 They’ve updated the Dalek joke about stairs to Roombas now!
1:02:17 “I made eye water, just like you.”
1:17:31 He just had to watch the videos, this whole time.
1:22:35 “Must push through.” Yea, I feel that way about a lot of YouTube too.
1:32:54 I guess that new Sony phone is NOT ringing.


As soon as I saw that Lord and Miller were involved in this, I realised we were in for a real trip - the films they make are exhausting in the best possible way, stacked full of easter eggs and jokes and packed with emotions. The film is a combination of road trip family drama and world-ending machine apocalypse - not natural bedfellows, but it works so well.

The animation is great, it’s bright and colourful and joyful despite touching some really important and difficult moments. Excellent voice work, brilliant jokes, and just complete entertainment from start to finish. Plus bonus Olivia Colman as the big bad!

Rating: 5 / 5

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