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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.…
Sure, the first one is better. And sure, this wasn't great. But then again, it had a long, leg only purple-pink fluffy monster. So yeah, cute film.
Not as good as the original of course but it what you would imagine a prequel to monsters Inc would be.
If you loved Monsters Inc. then your guaranteed to enjoy Monsters University. I was a little apprehensive before watching this film as the first film was so good, the second was going to have to live up to some pretty high expectations. Also the fact that it was a prequel (a film before the film) - in this case it’s Mike and Sully’s story at University before they get the job and Monsters Incorporated in “Monsters Inc.” But after watching it I wasn’t disappointed. It was to the same standard as the first film - which is a very rare thing as in most cases the originals are best and extremely hard to top or even be on the same…
In a lot of ways I feel like 'Monsters University' surpasses its predecessor. 'Monsters Inc' has a little more heart and effort put in, but ultimately its sequel here does a lot more with the idea than the original did. I will always appreciate a sequel (or in this case a prequel) that manages to do more with the premise than the original film did, that's really the only reason to make a second film - there needs to be more story, or in some cases a better story, that you weren't able to tell in your first go-around.
I also think 'Monsters University' is interesting from the perspective that, it probably appealed more to me, a 26 year-old college…
As foils, Mike and Sully are inferior to Buzz and Woody, outdone by the latter duo's depth, which borders on adult-stage profundity when it comes to notions of nostalgia, dependency, and self-worth. Mike and Sully are reduced to odd-couple bickering, arguing their respective sides like bullish cartoons (which they are), but this mid-level humor gets masked by Pixar's soaring pop and shimmy, courtesy of all the role characters: the fraternity mates, the university faculty. The message is fine - that we need a little balance in our work lives - but the abundance of formulaic Syd F. plotting, with hardly any transitional heartfelt moments to break up the galloping monotony, is glaring.
A fun precursor to the events of Monsters Inc. Although I personally feel the picture didn't reach the highs of the first film, it was still very entertaining. This is a picture that will grow on you the more you think about it.
It's a Pixar movie. 'nuff said.
Monsters University is bright colorful fun with a variety of monster types filling out the usual clichéd university campus characters. At its heart this is a story about fate, and being honest with yourself. Both an acceptance of ones own gifts, while also trying to inspire others to discover their strengths.
What lets this movie down is the lack of drama. While the story avoids the usual trappings of the college competition plot line. It also lacks a strong nemesis to hamper our heroes progress. Elements that were very much in place in Monsters Inc.
Full review -> talkiegazette.com/monsters-university-2013/
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