The Mitchell’s vs The Machines was a surprisingly good movie. With everything going on inmy world, having a movie actually induce laughter surprised me.
Laughing felt odd. Good, but odd. Laughing almost made me feel guilty. Simultaneously it also made me feel better. Deep down better. It felt almost like laughter was erasing a part of the gloom and immediately I felt a little lifted. As if the laughter made room for feeling more, accepting more.
One of my favorite characters in the movie is the Mitchell mom. She was indeed a mom, but when she saw her “sweet boy” being taken captive she became scary mom, which made me laugh out loud. Real mothers become lionesses when their children are threatened. Yes, it was exaggerated, but the scene was perfect.
The Mitchells are an average family: a dad out of touch with his oldest daughter who is preparing to go to college for film, a younger brother whom the sister adores and who adores his sister; a pug with eye problems; and a mom who is a first grade teacher and average mom. There is no one prepared to save the world. No one really has any skill for saving the world. Still, they end up doing so, and add two robots to the family – Eric and Deborahbot who became self aware and decided they were sons of the family.
The unexpected character that did nothing but was perfect, is the pug. You just have to watch the movie to discover why I say that.