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
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