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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…
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…
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…
Perfect movie for eight-year-olds who are also college students.
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…
So I wasn't expecting much from this one, especially with recent Pixar fare doing nothing for me (Brave, especially, looks under-detailed and poorly textured, while its story falls on the 'but she's a modern Disney princess' conceit that holds no water when you consider the likes of Belle in Beauty and the Beast, etc). But Monsters University might be my favourite Pixar film.
It's easily their most visually striking. The trees, the asphalt, the stone, the chrome - they all look so real! Even the monsters themselves, while conforming to the 'Pixar body shape' trope, have differing skin textures to subtly distinguish from each other. And there's a hint of tilt-shift on the 'camera' that gives the whole production an…
A very entertaining prequel with funny and likeable characters. Unfortunately the 1st and 2nd act are quite formulaic and doesn't do much, but the 3rd act is where the story and characters really shines! I do still recommend if you're a fan of the first film! Plenty of references to it!
This is the eighth review in my Alphabetical April.
I loved Monsters Inc when I was a kid.
And the idea for Monsters University was good. All the kids that watched and loved this movie (me) are now in the age to go to university. So they sent the Monsters to university, too.
And I liked the idea.
I also like the animations. And the jokes. To be honest, it was just an enjoyable Pixar movie, not more not less. It was fun and it looked good.
So that's all I have to say about it.
If you like the Pixar movies and are not too grown up to watch a childrens movie you'll have a fun time for sure.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
If there's one thing that Pixar has truly mastered, it's the art of ending a film. This ends on a down note with a slight bit of hope, building off of our knowledge of the first film to give the audience what it wants in unexpected and pleasing ways. However, the drive to the ending is formulaic and boring. It's a prequel that requires a decent remembering of the first film, but hopefully not enough to remember that the ending of the first film revealed that A)Kids aren't toxic and B)Making them laugh reveals so much more energy than scaring them that being an expert at fear means nothing. A lot of the tension in the film's climax means so…
Nowhere near as emotionally resonant or intelligent as it's predecessor, "Monsters University" settles for being a pretty funny kids movie, possibly signifying the end of the Pixar golden age due to Disney interference and a desire for merchandise receipts.
This film was both inspiring and hilarious. I loved recognising background characters from the original movie.
Vi com minha filha, prendeu atenção dela até o final mas pra mim.... eu esperava mais
"I act scary, but most of the time? I'm terrified." James "Jimmy" Sullivan, describing childhood, college, adult life, and the clever resonance you get watching Pixar movies.
(Last Updated: 11 October 2014)
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