Monsters vs Aliens 3D

2009-04-06 15:49
 
Monsters vs Aliens

What it's about:

Susan (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) is an ordinary city girl who gets struck by a meteorite on her wedding day, and instantly mutates into a giantess with super strength. She is transported to a top secret military facility and re-named Ginormica, where an assortment of genetic monstrosities – an indestructible tomato experiment gone wrong, a mad scientist-cum-cockroach, a prehistoric amphibian and an oversized worm - have been held in captivity for the last 50 years by the paranoid government. When alien invader Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson) threatens to bring his singular style of evil to Earth, it's up to the freak shows to save the day.


What we thought of it:

The B-movie thrills of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman meets the cutesy, hyper-kinetic animation we've come to expect from the mavericks behind Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar to create a new franchise that anyone under the age of 12 will love to bits.

The story of Monsters vs Aliens is told with wild abandon, incorporating a baddie with four creepy eyes and tentacles, a climactic battle scene which sees San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge torn apart, and a band of crazy monster heroes whose dysfunction bring in most of the laughs.

And there certainly are laughs aplenty. Seth Rogen revels his now-famous stoner-slacker persona we've come to know from Pineapple Express and Knocked Up and steals the movie's best gags as the one-eyed, brainless (literally) BOB. Arrested Development's Will Arnett voices the amphibian-gorilla hybrid known as The Missing Link, while Dr House himself, Hugh Laurie, brings a touch of Brit class to the whole shebang as genius scientist Dr Cockroach.

Monsters is played loose and silly, with some knowing nods to Beverly Hills Cop and Apocalypse Now thrown in so that the adults in the audience won't feel left out of the fun. However, while no-one at DreamWorks would claim that they were attempting to one-up Pixar's recent acclaimed successes Wall-E or Ratatouille, much of Monsters vs Aliens feels hackneyed, as if it was bashed together during an over-caffeinated day.

Little attention is paid to plot consistency or character development, and, yeah, some kids won't give two hoots about Susan quest to distinguish herself from her smarmy TV weatherman boyfriend, or pay much attention to the fact that Gallaxhar is the most inane and harmless villain in the history of cinema. But if animation studios need to know one thing, it's that their young audiences tend to be savvy little know-it-alls. They contributed to their cinematic enlightenment, after all. So, a few flashy chase scenes and throwaway quips thrown here and there will hardly satisfy their appetites.

While Monsters vs Aliens isn't the next great animated adventure, it's light, undemanding entertainment perfect for the Easter holidays.

* Monsters vs Aliens is also showing in 3D in selected theatres


It looks fantastic, the humour crackles like Guy Fawkes Day, and the voice cast is superb – yet DreamWorks’ latest feel like a step backwards for movie animation.

Marco 2009/04/04 1:44 PM
I watch d it today it is the best moevie evvvvver made
MidmarMile 2009/04/05 1:06 PM
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Total disappointment!! Revoewer is right in that BOB brings a little (& probably the only) humour, but the rest is a waste of time.
beverley and mandisa 2009/04/05 2:37 PM
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loved the movie
Ockert 2009/04/06 7:10 AM
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Watched the movie last night and enjoyed it very much.loved it
Marc 2009/04/06 7:27 AM
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Watch the movie in 3D if you can, then it will all make sense
tania 2009/04/10 3:02 PM
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Took my 5 year old little sister to see it today, i must say - the real d is totally awesome, lovely movie!!
Andre 2009/04/20 7:56 PM
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Great movie but catch it in 3D - that's when the fun starts.
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