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Monsters vs. Aliens

A movie directed by Conrad Vernon

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Fun for the whole family and hopes for a MVA 2!,

  • Jan 8, 2010
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Every animated movie since the release of Shrek has desperately tried to gain adult acceptance as that is were the true money lies and on the Easter Weekend we were treated to Monsters v Aliens.

It stars the usual big Hollywood names in the trendy fashion that is voicing a CGI kid's film. This time we had the talents of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogan (who is more than everywhere these days), a British Huge Laurie as the Monsters and Keifer Sutherland hamming it up voice style as General Monger. I don't know what it was, maybe because I actually liked the actors voicing the characters but I thought they were all great. Reese Witherspoon did a great job as Susan (Ginormica) and Seth Rogan is apparently just as funny doing voice work (and gaining most of the laughs) as the literally brainless B.O.B.

The story is as basic as it gets. Monsters are imprisoned. Aliens attack. Monsters fight Aliens and are accepted into the world. Although the story is basic that isn't a criticism. It was simple enough for the young kids to follow but it is the telling of the story and all the little side scenes such as those involving the President of America and all the daft clichés were for the adults.

The animation was fantastic to look at. It had all the polish of Pixar without being Disney-like and was just as funny as the rough and ready Ice Age series. There were some very funny set pieces and the action was fast and exciting. There was nothing to scary for very young children but there is enough action that the older kids (and adults!) will be impressed by. I will admit to laughing out loud on more that once occasion especially at the "global warming - convenient truth" quip that no body else in the audience seemed to pick up on.

It is an animated movie that you can actually volunteer to take your kids to and enjoy it just as much as they can.
Fun for the whole family and hopes for a MVA 2!, Fun for the whole family and hopes for a MVA 2!, Fun for the whole family and hopes for a MVA 2!,

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May 07, 2010
Sadly it appears that although it did fairly well in the box office and ratings, there's not looking to be a sequel as it didn't do well in particular areas internationally :(
 
January 11, 2010
I look at how movies like this try to appeal to kids AND adults.  It's got the simple story and all for the kiddies and Seth Rogen for the adults (I'm guessing they did that for the adults... can't imagine a lot of the younger viewers would've seen Knocked Up and Superbad, you know?).  Fun review.  
January 11, 2010
Thanks Sean and Good point, I would cringe if my kids looked at "Knocked Up" and "Superbad"......I mean picture me trying to explain each and every scene to my son and daughter ;-)
 
January 09, 2010
wow! you are on an animated movie review run! nice work! Oh, I dropped something you may like...( a vampire movie)
 
January 08, 2010
Only bright people who write for Lunch.com would get the in-jokes, you know. Great review. I liked it, such a parody of the old fifties sci-fi. By the way, you can stick pictures into your review by copying and pasting the URL of the photo (by searching online, right click, "properties") into the like that asks for it. It's really hard to explain in writing. When you're in Edit, you'll see the little blue box where you open and paste it. You'll see. :)
January 09, 2010
Lol, Thanks Scott, I will give it a try.
 
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Every animated movie since the release of Shrek has desperately tried to gain adult acceptance as that is were the true money lies and on the Easter Weekend we were treated to Monsters v Aliens.    It stars the usual big Hollywood names in the trendy fashion that is voicing a CGI kid's film. This time we had the talents of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogan (who is more than everywhere these days), a British Huge Laurie as the Monsters and Keifer Sutherland hamming it up voice style …
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Monsters don't exist, right? If they did, they'd be locked up in some secret government location so the general population wouldn't know of their existence. But what if monsters do exist... and they aren't evil, or even particularly scary? What if they're funny... and smart... and what if they might just be the key to man's survival? When a meteorite crashes in California on Susan Murphy's (Reese Witherspoon) wedding day, Susan is struck by a dose of otherworldly quantonium, her bridal glow becomes decidedly green, and she suddenly swells to a gargantuan 49 feet-11 inches tall. The Feds swoop in and whisk her away from husband-to-be Derek (Paul Rudd) to a government concealment agency where they dub her Ginormica and leave her to bemoan her losses and spend the rest of her days with strange creatures like B.O.B., the brainless blob (Seth Rogen), mad professor Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie), the half-fish and half-ape Missing Link (Will Arnett), and the overly huge and strangely silent grub Insectosaurus. Next, Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson), ruler of an alien civilization, sends a huge robot to attack Modesto, Calif., to recover the quantonium released by the fallen meteorite. Under the ineffective leadership of President Hathaway (Stephen Colbert), the government embraces General W. R. Monger's (Kiefer Sutherland) suggestion to pit the imprisoned monsters against the robot in exchange for their freedom. The monsters are no match for the robot until ...
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Director: Conrad Vernon
Genre: Family
Release Date: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
Runtime: 1hr 34min
Studio: Paramount
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