Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Movie Review - Monsters VS Aliens

by Alex Popp

Oooze gonna save us?

Susan Murphy, voiced by Reese Witherspoon, is interrupted on her wedding day, getting hit by an enormous meteor from space in the animated comedy, "Monsters Vs. Aliens."

She mysteriously grows to nearly 50 feet high and is instantly captured by the government and labeled a "monster" named Ginormica. She gets locked in a secret compound filled with other monsters, including a a blue blob named B.O.B., voiced by Seth Rogen, a missing link, voiced by Will Arnett, and Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D., a man who made himself indestrucatable by turning himself into a cockroach.

Susan is told that there would be no communication with the outside world and no getting out. But shortly later, an alien robot lands, and the monsters are released to go fight the treacherous aliens. Probably a pretty close battle.

This was one that wasn't at all appealing once I saw the trailers, but it was better than I thought. It's definitely not one that you'd watch for the plot; nothing really new. But there is a lot of good humor that will make even the most sophisticated people laugh. Make it a rental, though.

Rated PG for sequences of sci-fi action, some crude humor and mild language.

Two and a half stars (out of four) for the feeble but funny, "Monsters Vs. Aliens."

Review by Alex Popp for The Animation Empire blog.

So I think I disagree with the lower rating on this one.

Essentially this is DreamWorks attempt at making monsters, much how Pixar did with Monsters Inc.

I have to agree that my expectations weren't high from the trailer, but they were raised as I saw the movie do well in the box office.

After watching it, I was pleasantly surpsrised that they focused on the female character and her emotions, which is the way to go for a film like this. Moms would be turned away by the boy-focused themes of monsters, aliens, and a whole lotta action. And that's why I think the film did so well... the main character was a woman dealing with strong emotions.

And then I also thought the film was very enjoyable in humor, action, and story. So I'd give the film four stars out of four. One hesitation is that you'll want to watch this with smaller children. I'm not entirely sure why they put raunchy comedians (and some of their humor) in children films like this, but it seems to help them attract the parents.

- The Emperor

1 comment:

  1. Poor B.O.B. doesn’t have a brain but he doesn’t seem to mind like he said. I think it might be nice to not have a brain because then you wouldn’t worry about anything. Stress causes a lot of problems you know. JK, this movie is quite good and funny. I wouldn’t mind getting it on Blu-ray. I am always looking for the movie I missed in the theater as I am an avid movie watcher but what I like about Blockbuster is that I can always find movies not only rare but 28 days before other movie services. Not only that but the Blockbuster Movie Pass from DISH Network that is free for new customers gives me one bill from DISH, over 100,000 movies plus games, streaming and I also get 20 movie channels on my DISH employee account as a current customer for only $10 a month. Next on my queue is Thor and I don’t have to pay extra for mail to my home, or Blue-ray.


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