Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
February 17, 2013 1 Comment
Directed by: Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon (between the two of them, they are responsible for some truly atrocious films, so this is easily their best one)
Written by: Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky, Rob Letterman, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger wrote the screenplay based off of Letterman and Vernon’s story.
Starring: the vocal talents of Reese Witherspoon, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Paul Rudd, Kiefer Sutherland and Stephen Colbert among many others.
What it’s about: a group of monsters are released by the American government to combat an alien invasion
B-Movie Alternate Title: It IS a B-Movie title
Movie Mash Up: The Monster Squad + oh I dunno, any Alien movie minus all the disturbing imagery
What I liked: For the most part I love the vocal cast, I mean look at them all! There’s a huge “Office” presence, the former awesome real-life couple of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen and I guess Reese Witherspoon can be okay sometimes. The monsters are wonderful, particularly the moronic B.O.B. Paul Rudd gets to play an asshole for once, and while the role isn’t great, it is decent comedy. Honestly speaking, I would rather this entire cast were reunited for an R-rated animated version of this exact film.
What I disliked: Well, I didn’t even realise it until the beginning of the film, but with the Russian meteor event of the past week, the entire meteorite sequence at the building was totally unrealistic. And yes, that is only because of all those Russian YouTube videos that I knew that. It put me off for the whole film. I thought it was decent, but it wasn’t on a Pixar level by any means. Enjoyable, but unless you’re a kid, repeat viewings will probably make it less enjoyable each time around.
Would I recommend it to anyone?: Sure, it is not an offensively stupid animated film, and it is decently entertaining for both kids and adults.
Rating: 3 / 5