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Monsters vs. Aliens
Friday, 03 April 2009 09:46

monsteralienposterWhen it comes to entertainment bang for your buck Dreamworks’ latest offering, Monsters VS. Aliens packs a wallop! It’s smart, original, hilarious and offers some great state-of-the-art 3-D animation to top it all off.


The story centers around sweet California girl Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon), who is about to marry a handsome and arrogant weatherman. When a meteor falls to earth, landing right on top of the young bride-to-be, she is transformed into a giant 50-foot woman! Let me tell you, it’s a good thing her wedding dress must have been made of spandex because otherwise this movie would not be rated PG! Of course the US military shows up immediately to contain the “problem” but all they do is strap her down and ship her to a maximum-security military compound that houses a bunch of other top-secret monsters.


While there Susan meets Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie), a scientist who experimented on himself and turned into a giant insect with super intelligence; B.O.B. (Seth Rogen), a gelatinous blob who is anything but super intelligent; The Missing Link (Will Arnett), a charming half-man half-fish; and last but not least Insectasaurus, a humongous bug that looks like a cross between a grub and a hamster. Susan herself gets dubbed “Ginormica” to reflect her new monstrous status. When Gallaxhar, an evil space alien, attacks planet earth it seems that releasing the team of imprisoned monsters is the planets only hope for survival.


Monsters VS. Aliens is pure fun, especially with 3-D effects adding to the action. I often find that with 3-D films the focus is taken away from the quality of the movie being made and put entirely into site gags. That isn’t the case with this film. Great characters and a solid script make it a movie that is still be worth seeing without the 3-D, but if you get the chance to wear those new plastic glasses it certainly does add an element of excitement. It was really fun listening to the kids in the audience “oooh” and “aaaahh” when something would pop off the screen.


The movie borrows heavily from 1950’s sci-fi, which adds to its appeal for an adult audience. Gooey blobs and oversized amazons aren’t exactly new territory to fans of the genre. There’s also a certain amount of humor that the kids just won’t understand but will have grown ups chuckling. Parents don’t fear though, it is all very kid-appropriate and I’m not sure why this even warranted a PG rating. I didn’t see one face not wearing a smile in the entire sold out theatre.


Monsters VS. Aliens has it all and is definitely a fun way to spend a couple of hours, especially if you need to keep the kids entertained. Dreamworks has already set the bar high for the slew of animated films coming out this year. I can’t wait to see what Pixar will do to compete when Up! opens in May.