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Monsters vs. Aliens

A movie directed by Conrad Vernon

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I Really Enjoyed This

  • May 26, 2010
Rating:
+3
MVA, at first glance seems like a movie that's typically attempting to capitalise on the growing trend of CGI animated "comedies", however, I would personally consider it up there with the likes of Shrek and Toy Story and not down there with the likes of Space Chimps and Fly Me To The Moon, two films which may appeal to kids, but I absolutely hated. These types of movies generally attempt to appeal to both adults and children with different types of comedy which is aimed at kids, and risqué comedy which would appeal to adults and go right over the heads of the kids, not risking the embarrassment of parents having to explain to their kids the adult jokes.

The story focuses around Susan Murphy (Witherspoon) who's hit by a meteorite and is mutated and grows to about 50 feet tall. As a result she is captured and kept in a secret government facility with other monsters; B.O.B. (Seth Rogen), Dr. Cockroach Phd (Hugh Laurie) the missing link (Will Amett) and a giant grub known as insectasaurus. These are kept under lock and key by General W.R. Monger (get it?, voiced by Keifer Sutherland). Meanwhile, in space, an alien known as Galaxar (Rainn Wilson), wants the energy that made Susan a giant and to do it, he's going to send his giant, indestructible robots to do his dirty work.

It really was enjoyable with the typically stupid but brilliant humour that many have come to expect from films of this kind. The message here is to be comfortable in your own skin and recognise your own potential even if, to some, you might be a "monster" or a "freak" what really matters is what you think of yourself and what you know you're capable of achieving, and it's a message that I really like. Although the typical friendship message is still there, this resonated above the others and I just thoroughly enjoyed this film.

The animation is superb as you would expect and the voicing wonderful, especially for Keifer Sutherland and the fantastic Hugh Laurie. Definitely a family friendly movie that can be enjoyed by everyone.

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review by . March 15, 2011
I personally think Monsters vs Aliens is one of Dreamworks most underrated films and quite possibly one of the most underrated animated movies of all time. Why do I think this is underrated? Because it's freakin' fun and one of the best times I have ever had at the theatre. Before How To Train Your Dragon came along this was probably my favourite Dreamworks movie, and its still my second favourite to date. As Mel Brooks once said, "You have to love the thing you're parodying" …
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review by . January 08, 2010
Fun for the whole family and hopes for a MVA 2!,
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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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