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Genre: Comedy, Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: February 23, 2001
MPAA Rating: PG-13
1 review about Monkeybone

An original and zany fantasy adventure comedy...

  • Nov 25, 2009
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When Henry Selick  created a Nightmare before Christmas it was the start of a new era in stop motion animation. While Selick has always stayed in the world of stop motion  animation he  has given us a great and wonderful time with that, James and the giant peach  was phenomenal and now in 2001 he created a film that blends perfectly  live action with the stop motion animation  of his design. And this film  so  happens to be called, Monkeybone.  

Monkeybone is smart, charming, unrelentingly funny and  visually  breathtaking  it's a fantasy adventure with such high class and such great comedic timing that it just  leaps out at you  and sucks you deep, deep into the world of Henry Selick  and his wild, dark and zany  creatures. What I loved about this film is how Fraser's character started out meek and dull and  slowly but surly turned into the hero and real man  you know  he is on the inside. It's a great face the music type of  story and a great fantasy  adventure  that is just too good and just too  eye catching to resist.

Brendan Fraser gives one of his best comedic  performances here as  comic strip scribe  and  creator of Monkeybone  Stu Miley.  Fraser's performance is key to the film and it sometimes calls for him to go above and beyond   the call of duty for his role. But never the less Fraser pulls it off nicely and helps make this comedic  adventure worthy watching. Bridget Fonda is  alright as the doting and caring girlfriend Julie, while not as strong as Fraser and not as serious as she could have been Fonda does alright with her part and  is not a  thorn in this films side. John Turturro is  fantastically funny and witty as the popular but   treacherous  comic strip character, Monkeybone. Turturro breaks out all his comedic skills   and brings some seriously huge laughs and style to this film as the voice of the mischievous little monkey. But all in all the cast holds up great and brings some serious  charm laughs to an otherwise unique and original picture.

Monkeybone  is cool as it is slick  and while not as popular as it should be or as praised  but Henry Selick's  Monkeybone is an original and  visually striking  motion picture that I know if your forgiving  and open up to this world  Monkeybone will not disappoint. All in all  Monkeybone is one wild and zany trip you really want to take.
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