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School never looked this scary.
A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University — when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.
There's been an attitude recently that Pixar has been "losing it" that I frankly don't agree with. The studio might be "losing it" in that they haven't produced a masterful film since Toy Story 3, which was only 3 years ago, but their films have never really gone less than competent. Cars 2 erroneously got panned for being too childish, something they were intentionally going for, and Brave pulled out of a terrible production hell history to be an ultimately decent attempt at a standard Disney princess story. Now we have Monster's University, the prequel to 2001's Monster's Inc., and while it's not one of their more masterful films, it is still a sign that even when Pixar is being…
Monsters, Inc. is my favourite Pixar film which is both a blessing and a curse when approaching this prequel. On the one hand it is great to spend time with the characters again but on the other it is always going to come off as second best compared to the charming original. Unsurprisingly, it is in the interactions between Mike and Sully where Pixar’s latest finds the majority of its laughs and hidden heart, the only problem is that it is marred by such a formulaic and pedestrian plot.
Monsters University explores how everybody’s favourite monsters became friends during their eventful time at university. The film follows the well-worn path of rivals becoming best buddies as Mike and Sully must…
After two unsuccessful attempts Pixar finds its way back. Monsters University has everything that we expect to see in a Pixar movie: Wonderful creativity, lovely characters, unforgettable storylines and the respect for friendship along with technical superiority and visual astonishment. Like other Pixar movies what powers this nice and memorable adventure is its emphasize on the value of friendship. There is nothing deeper than that. Pixar’s characters learn that the only thing that gives value to a living soul is his/her ability to connect to others. They can only succeed when they unite with each other, helping your friend is the only way of being successful. Nobody’s perfect and each person’s unique abilities can help the group so no one…
Monsters Inc. was a film that took me a long time to like. I wasn't really looking forward to its sequel, nor was I opposed to watching it. I felt indifferent and that is more or less how I feel now.
Monsters University feels like a film that only works because of the huge amount of talent involved. It probably shouldn't exist, comes across as a money grab and reeks of an easy opportunity to churn out tonnes of merchandise. Yet it still manages to be better than most recent animated movies that have come out.
The Pixar name seems to be a bit of a double edged sword. Whenever that logo appears, expectations become stellar and have people looking…
You're not even in the same league with me.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit disappointed that for the last few years every time Pixar announced a new film on their calendar it ended up being either a sequel, prequel or spin-off of previous works. I know many do, but I don't consider Monsters, Inc. among Pixar's top echelon of films so the tale of When Mike Met Sulley seemed a bit unnecessary to me.
With that said I was pleasantly surprised by a solid, if not original, film. With the disappointment of Brave still fresh in my memory it was nice to find out that the Pixar Charm still existed even if just in…
I was a bit weary going into Monsters University. It didn't get glowing reviews like most Pixar films do, but I still had hope. There is only one problem I saw with Monsters U, and that being was how formulaic it was. That's the only negative thing I have to say about it. Even with it being formulaic, Monsters U is packed with heart, and still gives you the "feel good" feeling when you watch it. What I love most is how Pixar planned everything out. Monsters U came out at a time where people who saw Monsters, Inc as kids, are most likely in college now. That is where this film truly shines, and lets me relate to it.…
I checked this one out because my daughter loved Monsters, Inc. so much. I enjoyed it too, so we sat down together (which is not easy to do with a 2 year old) and watched this together.
Again, she loved it. She doesn't just fall in love with any animated movie; she definitely has her favorites, and the characters and feel of Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University pulls her in, much like the Toy Story movies do. So it definitely has the kid endorsement, no doubt.
But what about adults? Well, this is a good movie, just not as good as Monsters, Inc. The difference isn't vast, however, but it is there. Monsters University feels different than Monsters, Inc. This…
By the numbers plot but with enough decent laughs to keep it going. Thoroughly adequate.
Watched on a plane and reviewed more than a month after the fact, so take this with a grain. As with all Pixar movies, the visual delights are plentiful here and as with most Pixar movie, so were the laughs. The plot was unexpectedly twisty as well, ending in a completely surprising place that I kind of loved. So why this rating? While the movie comes into its own in the third act, the first two mimic the typical college movie more than innovate and the prequel tendency to check certain boxes is in full effect here too. Still very solid.
A prequel that actually, gasp, has character development?!
This was a great movie.
Nice film. A little too long.
Decent trek back into the Monsters, Inc world. Fun enough. But relatively disposable. Some good scenes. A couple of good laughs. As a prelude it does a nice job of providing a backstory. But the references to the first movie feel forced and unoriginal. And I'm not sure it stands well on its own.
A nice view for fans of the first movie, but that's all.
With the exception of the made for merchandising Cars films, Pixar is known for its sophisticated, smartly crafted family entertainment. So a follow up to Monsters, Inc., released twelve years after the original and set during the characters' college years, seemed a bizarre choice for its next project. Monsters never had the brand power that Cars continues to have with children, but this film lacks the nostalgia factor that Toy Story 3 had in matching its emotional weight to the fact that the parents who took their kids to that were kids who grew up with the original Toy Story. Instead, Monsters University seems to exist in a limbo without an easily identifiable target audience. That might be a genius…
cute family movie
i watched this film when i was sick and you should too
- Beyond the Hills
- Spring Breakers
- Upstream Color
- Stories We Tell
- Before Midnight
- Only God Forgives
- 12 Years a Slave
- The Rover
- The Master
- Only God Forgives
- Room 237
The topic title says it all really.
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