For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Animated Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Non-Disney/PIXAR) Movies, here’s a review of Monsters Vs. Aliens (2009) by Kieron of What About the Twinkie?
Thanks again to S.G. Liput of Rhyme and Reason for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Kim of Tranquil Dreams. We will be reviewing our favorite teenage/high school romance movies. Please get me your submissions by 25th June by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org Try to think out of the box! Great choice Kim!
Let’s see what Kieron thought of this movie:
Directors: Rob Letterman & Conrad Vernon Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Rainn Wilson & Stephen Colbert Synopsis: A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth Rating: PG Run time: 94 minutes
Arriving in 2009, Monstesr vs. Aliens was a valiant attempt by DreamWorks to gain some ground on their rivals Pixar. Whether it was a success in that regard depends upon your point of view, but regardless of the film financial success, Monster vs. Aliens is a wholly enjoyable film that may not be completely original, but one that is still very enjoyable.
The film begins on Susan Murphy’s (Reece Witherspoon) wedding day to self-centred weatherman Derek Dietl (Paul Rudd). Things don’t go to plan however when Susan is hit by a meteorite outside the church she is about to get married in and despite surviving the hit, Susan begins to grow, quickly.
As Susan crashes through the roof of the Church, the US military soon arrive and manage to apprehend Susan, taking her to a secret facility where she comes across various monsters that have been held captive, seemingly against their will. The various assortment of monsters hark back to the sci-fi films of the 50’s and are now the world’s only hope against an alien invasion.
Monsters vs. Aliens succeeds not in set pieces, but in its interplay between the main characters. Their interactions provide some of the films best moments, while the splattering of one-liners and sight gags maintain a bouncy pace throughout the film. The only time Monsters vs. Aliens shows any sign of slowing down is toward the end, when it falls into some all too familiar territory.
Clearly, the creators of Monsters vs. Aliens have watched a fair few creature features in their time, as various nods are made to films such as The Blob, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, while The Fly and perhaps even Pixar’s Monsters Inc. are hinted at.
The gags are more hit than miss here, and the animation style is sumptuous, but it does lose its momentum at times, and never feels like it hits the highs that it may have done if say, it were developed by Pixar. Still, Monsters vs. Aliens remains huge amounts of fun for viewers of any age.
In summary: Despite the odd stumble, Monsters vs. Aliens is a very fun film that provides enough entertainment to pass 94 minutes.