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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…
Perfect movie for eight-year-olds who are also college students.
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…
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…
Not as good as the first film but still nice for families...
Though it pales in comparison to its original instalment, Monsters University is a satisfying, clever and funny origin story that doubles as a delightful commentary on college life.
One of the weaker entries in the Pixar cannon. However its still head and shoulders above most of what passes for animation these days. My problem with this film is mostly that the characters seem rather unsympathetic, So when they're in jepordy I find myself not really caring. That said John Goodman's Sully makes the film very watchable. Good, But no Toy Story.
The vibrant, colourful world of the monsters looks fantastic.
Wonderful monster cameos, parallels and nods to Monsters Inc.
A touching story (it's Pixar, so thats a given), with a sweet little moral. Complete with unique and interesting plot devices.
Even with different directors, Monsters University manages to capture the same essence as Monsters Inc.
Works well as a stand alone film.
Great acting from the likes of Billy Crystal, Helen Mirren, Nathan Fillion etc.
Some great humour.
Fantastic, jazzy score.
Some great character development.
If you've seen Monsters Inc. first (which is quite probable), you will essentially have Monsters University spoiled for you.
Something felt like it got forgotten (for give this enigmatic statement, I wish…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This was pretty good. I'm due to rewatch Monsters Inc. which is probably the better of these two, but this is yet another solid entry in Pixar's catalog.
Not as much fun as the first but enjoyable!
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(Last Updated: 11 October 2014)
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