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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…
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…
Perfect movie for eight-year-olds who are also college students.
I was surprised by how much of a college movie this was, a play on Revenge of the Nerds and Animal House, etc. It was ok, much like most of the recent films doesn't live up to the previous Pixar hype.
I actually liked this better than Monsters, Inc. I appreciated the fact that we got to see greater variety of monsters, and how each of them did their "scares". I loved the palette - so very vibrant, colourful and fun! I also relished the detail - especially in Sulley's fur, which was amazing. Storywise, content was a little simplistic and lacking, no doubt, but I guess the general feel and atmosphere of this movie just won me over.
Was all right I guess... My kid did not seem as amused as with the first one. I felt the same. It should have gone "Straight to Stream".
A Pixar university experience film set in the Monsters Inc universe. The first film focussed a bit more on Sully and this one focusses a bit more on Mike but it is still a buddy film. The film teaches us not to coast around on our natural talents but also sometimes hard work alone won't make you the best: you must adapt.
Pixar goes prequel. Naturally, the results are cute and entertaining, even if the low stakes story doesn't reach the high bar set by the studio's other films.
Better than the first, this movie isn't as lacking in animation as you'd expect. Every frame is filled with color and detail, and the story is full of heart. A family movie made with care and compassion that's never boring. Not the funniest of the Pixar movies, but one of the most uplifting. My only issues with the film are with a few bits of discontinuity with the film it's a prequel to (at the end of "Inc.", they decide to make the kids laugh instead of scaring them, but there's none of that here, it's all scare-the-hell-out-of-these-kids). I think if this one had come first, it would've been called the better of the two by most people. The voice…
Although Monster's University is a fantastic animated feature with all the same heart and character dynamic as Monsters Inc, there's a certain charm it seems to lack that causes it to fall barely short of the original.
It's good to see Mike and Sully again and their friendship is developed in an unexpected way. The rest of the film is let down by an over familiar story which lacks anything original or interesting until the final acts.
Great movie, with a wonderful plot structure that teases an early "happy ending", but gives way to a different path for the characters. While there are cliche characters for the sake of the plot (jock college guys, goth group, etc.), the more closely examined characters are rich with personality and uniqueness. It all ties in so well to its predecessor - excellent, enjoyable origin story!
(Last Updated: 11 October 2014)
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