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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…
From the creators of animation classics like Toy Story trilogy, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL·E & Up, Pixar Animation Studios' 14th feature film marks their first foray into prequels & although it's an enjoyable, entertaining & quite satisfying ride for the most part, it ultimately falls short of the quality of cinema we expect from Pixar.
A prequel to Monsters Inc., Monsters University focuses on the relationship between Mike & Sulley during their college life, where they started off as rivals studying to be scarers. After the two are dropped from their courses for causing a fight, Mike takes part in Scary Games competition to prove his worth & reluctantly includes Sulley when his team falls short of one member.
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…
Perfect movie for eight-year-olds who are also college students.
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…
I love this movie. It's not massively weighty, but it's as visually dazzling, sweet and funny as you could expect from Pixar. Even more importantly, however, is how unbelievably bold that message is for a kid's movie: sometimes, you can't always achieve your dreams, but that's okay; new opportunities may arrive, which coud lead to a just as fruitful future. Infusing such reality into a kids movie is only something Pixar would do and it convinces me, if not anyone else, that this is a prequel worthy of its predecessor.
loved watching it in theaters, but the ending felt like...a letdown?? also: whyyyyy were mike and sully's personalities reversed for this one? HMM??? completely reversed. it was so...jarring
give me more hardscrabble and i'll be fine, really
Think it's about that time we dial down our expectations. Monsters U may not be the most hard-hitting of Pixar's features but that's okay. It is certainly an inviting, likable and very funny prequel fitted with a surprising resonance that proves they've still got game.
Though it looks nothing short of amazing, Monsters University is definitely not one of the Pixar elite, but it is a significant step up from the atrocity that was Cars 2 and the very underwhelming first half of Brave that I watched. The world of the Monsters movies is great and the university setting was a great place to show off a multitude of stellar character design. The animation is absolutely gorgeous.
Monsters University may not bring the emotional heft or unique story that Pixar films of the past have, but when a movie is this much fun, that can be looked over. Hopefully this is enough to set Pixar back on track for this summer's Inside Out.
Did I mention how stunning this movie looks?
Same as original. NOTE: This is the prequel
Not as beautiful or revelatory as Monsters Inc. but still Pixar, still genius. Taking my favourite character from Monsters Inc. and placing him front-and-centre into a story which APPEARS - at first glance - to be a mere narrative amalgam of Revenge of the Nerds, Animal House, and The Paper Chase - but is actually it's our "beast". It's not just an odd-couple bonding-for-life flick, it's not just a coming-of-academic-age tale. What it's about most of all, is something American films rarely touch on: Not all of us are destined for (perceived) greatness - and for MANY of us, what we dream of doing in adolescence isn't necessarily what we are meant to do, in adulthood. (The Incredibles snuck in…
Nowhere near is good as the first one. It felt all over the place and some things didn’t fit. The scene in the camp at the lake was really great, but nothing that happened before really lead up to that emotion. It wasn’t as funny and the message wasn’t as good. Everyone is special. I wasn’t expecting a lot out of this, so it met my expectations.
I still find the completely tepid response to this film fairly baffling. Sure, its more conventional than most Pixar Fare, and its nowhere near the extraordinary recent run of Wall E, Up and Toy Story 3.
Regardless, as someone about to finish a second degree in hopes of achieving some sort of success in the real world, I find the entire film (and particularly the films exemplary final 20 minutes) remarkably relevant. After all, how many films aimed at a younger audience are willing to tell their viewers that their dreams just might not come true?
I would put this somewhere in the mid to low bracket as far as Pixar movies go. Which doesn't by any stretch make it a bad movie. But it's just a little bit narrow in subject. Most of the jokes are referential to Monsters Inc. in a hamfisted wink-wink nudge-nudge type of way which has never been where Pixar shines. And a lot of plot points are brought about by character choices that are never fully fleshed out and don't make a ton of sense. For example, Randal's character is introduced in the beginning and then totally thrown away half-way through. However there are still a couple really genuine and hilarious character-driven punchlines. The animation is of course really wonderful, and little baby Mike is the cutest darn thing I've ever seen. Not a bad family movie by any means, but I usually expect more from Pixar.
(Last Updated: 11 October 2014)
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