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Monsters vs. Aliens

Happy Easter! Well it’s the weekend of movie reviews huh? To answer your first question I saw this because my mom was dying to see something in 3D. You see when we went to Coraline her glasses (Not her 3D glasses) were broken making most of the film a blur so we went to check out this. Sure I’m not the target audience and a lot of the jokes are juvenile but I enjoyed myself and the 3D was impressive.

Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) is our central character awaiting her wedding day to a smug weatherman (Paul Rudd) when who would’ve thunk it, she’s hit by a meteorite. It’s then that she becomes a giant and must be sent to a top secret prison facility headed by an energetic military general (Kiefer Sutherland) and containing other monsters including; a slow witted blob B.O.B. (Seth Rogen), an amphibious ape/fish aka “The Missing Link” (Will Arnett), a mad mutant scientist Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie) and some giant mindless insect creature “Insectasaurus.” All these colorful creatures are hidden away from society until an evil alien Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson) decides to invade Earth and seek out the meteor that initially hit Susan Murphy for some reason.

The story here clearly borrows heavily and pays tribute to 1950s B-movies and that’s always nice to see in any modern movie. It’s imaginative and definite eye candy but is still hindered by its childishness. Yeah I get it, it’s for kids but Pixar has managed to find an excellent middle ground while Dreamworks still struggles. Some of the jokes just make you roll your eyes like “Oh yeah that’s really funny”. Fortunately you can always depend on a few of those jokes meant for adults. For instance when the film’s president (Stephen Colbert) approaches a giant robotic probe he goes up to a keyboard to tries to communicate by playing a weak rendition of the Close Encounters melody. How many little kids would get that? Of course they expand the joke with him playing the Beverly Hills Cop theme but how many kids know that? That’s the kind of stuff I look for and luckily it didn’t skimp on that.

I can’t think of weak performer in the entire voice cast. Sometimes I forget how zany Hugh Laurie can be due to House. People have to remember that he started his career in British comedy on shows like Rowan Atkinson’s Blackadder. I thought Stephen Colbert wouldn’t be that funny but he had his moments and Kiefer really does an excellent mad general voice (he did the same voice on an episode of The Simpsons.)

So there were times when I felt embarrassed viewing this but I’m not gonna lie it was entertaining. I’ve always loved 3D and here it’s some of the best I’ve seen since Beowulf which still reigns king in my book… That’s 3D wise not movie wise cause Beowulf kind of sucked.


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