Hammerman Ikon

Hammerman Ikon Film Guide

The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Director: Mike Rianda
Cast: Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Eric André, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend

A new line of AI-powered home robots plan to capture all humans and take over the world, but they forgot to factor in the Mitchells, a family of four on a road trip. Mike Rianda's directorial debut is an entertaining but disposable animation. The premise is funny and clever, but the characters are disappointingly clichéd, and the sentimental father/daughter relationship treads a familiar path. The film is long at 114 minutes, and yet it feels like it rushes from one scene to the next at breakneck speed.