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...
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Monsters vs. Aliens (G) * * * *
Director: Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon
Stars: Voice of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen
Studio: Dreamworks Pictures
Audience Suitability: G
Rating: * * * *
Running Time: 93 minutes
Release Date: March 29, 2009
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Get ready for a no olds barred crowd pleasing romp with Monsters vs. Aliens, a hilarious animated flick from the geniuses at Dreamworks Pictures now getting a big rise out of viewers at the Fifth Avenue Cinemas, Empire Oakridge Cinemas, Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites around B.C. And as a bonus lucky viewers get to see this treat in Real D at select theatres which is well worth the effort.
Bottom line on any movie is that the product on screen is only as good as the written word. Here imagination kicks into overdrive as the writers have come up with a great story that is as imaginative as can be. The trick is to make an animated film seem real and you have a bonafide shot at garnering lots of attention. Monsters vs. Aliens fills that bill.
Modesta, California is ground zero for our story. Nervous bride to be Susan Murphy is getting all goose bumps as sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s set to walk down the aisle with dreamboat beau Derek Dietl, a trendy local weatherman if there ever was one. Out of the blue, however, the nuptials get sort of side-tracked when an alien vessel lands and, before you know it, Susan is expanded to gargantuan proportions. Not knowing what to do or where to turn, the shell-shocked bride canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe what just happened. Nor will you.
News of the freak UFO landing sends the military machine in Washington into overdrive. When the authorities meet the invaders, face to face, they soon learn that their normal weaponry will be no match for these space travelers. Only one renegade commander, a General W.R. Monger, seems to have a solution to the earthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pending doom: send in the monsters!
Unbeknownst to most people the U.S. military has been Ã¢â‚¬Å“safeguardingÃ¢â‚¬Â a group of creatures with untold powers. Add Susan to this list of freaks who decide to help UNCLE SAM out of the doldrums. Next we see this band of misfits come together to face off against alien forces in the funniest escapist fare since, well, maybe ever.
Great scripting, fun scenes, jokes galore and a slick good versus evil theme make Monsters vs. Aliens must see entertainment and non-stop fun. Big name actors lend their voices to both aliens and monsters in this kid friendly flick. Listen to Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde) get supersized as Susan, a wonder woman if there ever was one. Local boy who made good Seth Rogen (Superbad) weighs in as the wise-cracking B.O.B., otherwise known as the blob or thing. Television host shot Hugh Laurie (Flight of the Phoenix) leaves his medical smock behind to come on strong as Dr. Cockroach Phd, a hilarious mad scientist while Kiefer Sutherland (Phone Book) smokes fire as the tough talking General W.R. Monger.
Dual directors Rob Letterman (Shark Tale) and Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2) coax marvelous performances out of these big name actors and they appear to be having a whale of a good time. Full of ingenious gags and creative gusto Monsters vs. Aliens looks headed for box office gold as one of animationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all time hits.
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This movie is about Susan, a bride-to-be. On her wedding day, she is hit by a meteorite and taken to a top-secret military research facility. She meets the indestructible gelatinous mass(otherwise known as B.O.B.), Dr. Cockroach P.H.D, a mad scientist whose attempt to give himself the survival powers of a cockroach ended with a teensy side effect, The Missing Link, a fish man from an iceberg, and Insectosausrus, a HUGE bug. They are set free to defeat aliens who have come to earth.
Monsters vs. Aliens has amazing performances by Hugh Laurie(Dr. Cockroach) and Reese Witherspoon(Susan). It is hilarious!!!!!!!!!!
Monsters vs Aliens is about a woman named Susan (Reese Witherspoon) that's hit by a meteor on her wedding day. She's then captured by the military after she becomes a giant. She's kept in a cell with 4 friendly monsters. They are released to take out aliens that show up on Earth and that prove to be more of a threat.
The movie is fun with constant humor. It's a lot more fun and entertaining than the Incredibles as well. I also loved the voice work by Seth Rogen and Hugh Laurie. Rogen has done voice work in a few movies now, but he's actually his most entertaining here. While the action is just as entertaining as the actors.
When a young woman is hit by a meteorite which turns her into a giant on her wedding day, she is taken to a secret government compound by force where she encounters a crazy group of monsters who were rounded up over the years. They're called into action to combat aliens and save the world.
Before I tell you how the movie was, let me just say that I didn't see this movie in 3-D because it wasn't playing in 3-D at any of my local movie theatres. Now, on with the review. Dreamworks Animation has made some wonderful acheivements in the past with "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda." Here, they do a very good job with the animation once again. It's fun to look at and you can't resist watching some of the beautifully colored scenes. We also do get some very funny voice work here from Stephen Colbert as the president and Seth Rogen who plays a charecter made of blue goop named B.O.B.
There is a major problem with this film though. The story doesn't have much originality to it. The film has good charecter development but there's really nothing special about the story which I felt bored with most of the time. Especially in the last 3rd of it which all about the alien leader trying to rule the world and we all know that this has been done before.
Mainly, I know kids will like this film with its itriguing animation and the slapstick humor. There is some hidden adult humor in here too but I dont know if parents will enjoy the film all that much. It's not a bad movie, just slow at times and I would've liked to have seen a better plot.