The Mitchells vs. the Machines

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

A quirky, dysfunctional family's road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity's unlikeliest last hope.

  • Released: 2021-04-22
  • Runtime: 110 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy
  • Stars: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Olivia Colman, Michael Rianda, Eric AndrĂ©, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Charlyne Yi, Blake Griffin, Conan O'Brien, Melissa Sturm, Doug Nicholas, Ellen Wightman, Sasheer Zamata, Elle Mills, Alex Hirsch, Jay Pharoah, Natalie Canizares, Jeff Rowe, Zeno Robinson, Grey DeLisle, Will Allegra, Alison Rich, Madeleine McGraw, Doug the Pug, Griffin McElroy, Lex Lang, Illya Owens, Ashley Peldon, Michelle Ruff, Justin Shenkarow, Jim Pirri, Juan Pacheco, Lisa Wilhoit, Andrew Morgado, Blake Griffin, Bill Farmer
  • Director: Michael Rianda
  • fax-15639 - 14 April 2024
    A joyful family movie
    A Joyful movie, it was immediately captivated by its delightful animation and heartwarming storyline.

    The characters are endearing and relatable. We follow the mischievous Monkey King, the wise Tang Sanzang, and their quirky companions as they embark on a quest to retrieve sacred scriptures. Their camaraderie and banter create moments of genuine laughter and warmth.

    The animation is a visual feast. From mystical landscapes to whimsical creatures, each frame is meticulously crafted. The vibrant colors and fluid motion bring the fantastical world to life. Whether soaring through the clouds on a magical cloud staff or battling formidable foes, the animation never fails to impress.

    The film's pacing is spot-on. It balances action-packed sequences with quieter, introspective moments. As the characters face trials and tribulations, we witness their growth and resilience. The central theme of friendship and self-discovery resonates throughout.

    The soundtrack complements the film beautifully. Stirring melodies accompany pivotal scenes, evoking a range of emotions. Whether it's the thrill of a chase or the bittersweet farewell, the music enhances the storytelling.

    "A Joyful Journey" is more than just a cartoon; it's a celebration of courage, loyalty, and the power of dreams. It reminds us that life's greatest adventures often lie beyond our comfort zones. As the credits rolled, I couldn't help but smile-a testament to the film's ability to touch hearts.

    In summary, "A Joyful Journey" is a delightful blend of humor, heart, and wonder. It's a must-watch for animation enthusiasts of all ages. Grab your popcorn, sit back, and let this enchanting tale take you on a magical ride.
  • TheAlmightyFinger - 20 October 2023
    Propaganda for the masses
    Great! I really needed to get a 114-minute sermon on "family values". I tried to give it a chance. At the end, I switched between almost falling asleep and irritation. I realised that THE MESSAGE is more important than the storyline. Forget about being entertained, as long as you understand THE MESSAGE, which is constantly spoon-fed to you by showing their home videos from "happier times".

    The characters: The whole family is goofy, with a sweet syrupy undertone that should endear them to you, if you have a blank, uncritical mind. Their interpersonal conflicts are mundane and devoid of any sting of reality.

    The Storyline: The plot is wafer-thin: AI is taking over the world and abducting humans for undisclosed purposes. Don't worry - they still have comfortable seating and internet access in their cube prisons, and only robots are harmed. But you need not dwell on those details. As long as you get THE MESSAGE.

    This movie is just dumb and patronizing. It should entertain toddlers, with all the bright colours and zippy images. It might be cheaper and more educational just to buy your kid one of those turning flywheels that hang from the ceiling.

    Thanks for nothing Netflix. You are giving Disney a run for their money, and that is setting the bar EXTREMELY low.
  • masonfisk - 11 January 2023
    Netflix is behind this animated feature from 2021. When the daughter of a family gets the chance to go to film school, things go awry (as they caravan out to drop her off at her new campus) when an evil A. I. sends its robot minions to capture the human populace in effort to jettison them out into outer space. Coming from the team of Miller/Lord (the minds behind Cloudy w/a Chance of Meatballs & Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse who produce here), their acerbic & hyperbolic style soon starts to grate as the joke a minute narrative (& overly long run time) exasperate the viewer when a little bit of leisurely pacing would've done the trick.
  • theresia-mann13 - 10 July 2022
    So fun, amazing, lovely movie
    I was really skeptical at the beginning, but what should I say?

    I have laughed and cried because it was a really beautiful funny movie.

    You can see how the world in the families it's turning to be with soviel media and internet. But at the end what it counts the most is love and the family. Really really nice.
  • acpritchard - 31 May 2022
    Full of violence
    I realise American authorities dont understand violence, but slicing robots in half and exploding faces IS violent. Scary faces, trippy videos and lots more throughout does not constitute a MILD rating. Creepy and horrid film.