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When Susan Murphy is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches. The military jumps into action and captures Susan, secreting her away to a covert government compound. She is renamed Ginormica and placed in confinement with a ragtag group of Monsters...
Film #20 in Driver’s December Death Penalty AKA The December Project , which is part of Cinebro's The December Challenge. 1 month, 100 movies.
"You must be terrified. Waking up in a strange place, wearing strange clothes, imprisoned by a strange being floating on a strange hovering device. Strange, isn't it?" - Gallaxhar
Dreamworks' masterpiece. I never thought I'd say that. When I first saw this, I enjoyed it, but nothing more. But now, me still filled with Christmas cheer, I sat on the sofa, glued to this masterwork of film homage, comedy and breath-taking action.
It's like The Avengers, but funnier and leaner. How it manages to pack in all the likability of the five protagonists to…
The monsters were funny, the main character Susan Murphy/Ginormica was cute and well developed, and the movie as a whole is action-packed and fast paced while still being charming. It's not the deepest of stories, and the Megamind-like villain is very one-note, but the film is very popular with the 3-year old in my house. But then he is obsessed with monsters and robots 24/7.
Well this is just a fun film for the whole geeky family! The thing I love most are the small references to other films, and the on the ballot humor. It has a very talented voice cast, but at times Reese Witherspoon can be a tad annoying but that's part of her character. All and all a great science fiction family movie!
This is such a guilty pleasure. Sure, it's dumb and lacks originality in its character beats and plot points, but it's likeable performers and zany humour really work. Plus, B.O.B. is great. I want more B.O.B.
I originally watched this purely to get a 3D fix and yes the 3D is excellent. I didn’t expect much but I really quite enjoyed this film - mainly down to the tons of movie references packed into this and there were some surprising laugh out loud moments. The one liners from Seth Rogen, Will Arnett and Stephen Colbert are great. It’s definitely no Pixar and really works when watched in 3D but as a 2D film it still holds up well.
An inventive, visually impressive and often hilarious animated action film. Susan is a strong and interesting, well-written protagonist who grounds a movie whose all-star supporting cast is filled with unbridled goofy enthusiasm and whose script is filled with knowing genre references and catchy one-liners.
My daughter has been on a bit of a Dreamworks kick lately, which has been kind of nice since the last animated film of theirs that I saw was Shrek 2.
This one was cute. The action sequences are pretty frantic, and the robot battle on the bridge might even be a bit intense for little kids.
Like the two Madagascar films I watched recently, this one is silly fun, but nothing too particularly memorable. Kept my daughter's attention too (she liked Insecto the best).
"Monster Vs Aliens is a film that not only parodies the classic monster films of the B-movie era, but does a rather poor job at it. The plot is beyond unoriginal, borrowing from numerous other films, the monsters it tries to make safe and cute end up being embarrassments while they just bring shame to the viewer while insulting their intelligence. This is a film I would only recommend if you want to show kids how bad their movies are, because this is a clear example. Overall: Not Recommend. -fb100000257973100"
My thoughts exactly.
It was typical Dreamworks but honestly I really enjoyed this movie
A pinch of B-Movie, a touch of Mars Attacks and a the slightest hint of The Incredibles and you get Monsters VS Aliens, one of the better efforts from Dreamworks Animations.
Besides predictably bland Reese Witherspoon the Monsters boast an exceptional trio of comedians, with Hugh Laurie, Seth Rogen and Will Arnett providing a fair chunk of the chuckles. The group dynamic reminded me of the snails in Turbo, which can only be a good thing.
The animation packs the usual shine and glitter, with the intensely vivid colours one expects from Dreamworks. MvA is packed full of visual gags and laugh out loud moments as the quirky humour skews toward family entertainment and not just for the rugrats. This hits the exact tone that Megamind aimed for, although I expect they were aiming at something franchise'able. A valiant miss in my opinion.
Okay now I went to see Zootopia the other day. Now that film was fun exciting funny and was accessible to audiences of all ages, the same cannot be said for Monsters Vs Aliens.
Monsters Vs Aliens attempts to parody many different monster films and pit them against what else, but aliens. Now I don't think this film deserves much of a review at all, It's boring, not funny and tries too hard to parody other films that it just comes off as cringy.
I know this is short and brief but I just wanted to let you guys know that I did not like this piece of crap, and I wouldn't show it to my kids.
What I Learned:
When it feels like the characters are actually important and useful to the story it makes them more likable
Voice Acting: ★★★★★
Meh, I liked it.
The animation is nice, the comedy is there, and it has some likable characters. The movie really does nothing particularly wrong. It's not horribly, offensively bad, but it's not particularly fantastic either. The movie is genuinely fun, and I'm glad it was. I expected to hate this movie more than I did. I do have some problems with it.
First off, the action is completely meh, especially since it was intended for kids. This movie is just ok with some parts, and makes it just a standard animated movie. It's not bad, but I've seen better.
In the end, while far from a masterpiece, "Monsters vs. Aliens" is a decent and fun kids movie that is fun to see when flipping the channels. It's nothing much, but I refer you to my intro sentence.
Cuando vi esta película en su estreno, fui con muchas expectativas. ¿Por qué? A ver: monstruos contra alienígenas. Monstruos que hacen referencia a "La mosca", "La criatura del pantano", "El terror no tiene forma", "El ataque de la mujer de 50 pies/15 metros" y los kaiju nipones, más los siempre presentes extraterrestres. Al final resultó ser una historia con moralina, humanos grimosos, secundarios desaprovechados y una protagonista en apariencia débil.
Eso era lo que pensaba hace siete años. Siete años después, nos hemos vuelto a encontrar... y hay cosas con las que estoy de acuerdo con mi yo del pasado y otras con las que no. Sigue teniendo cosas mejorables (y más comparada con Kung Fu Panda), pero vista con…
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