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Monsters vs. Aliens

A movie directed by Conrad Vernon

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California girl gets hit by meteorite and saves the world

  • Apr 16, 2009
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When my granddaughter heard that MONSTERS VS ALIENS was opening here in Australia on her eighth birthday, she wanted to go. So after a morning at the mall and a festive lunch, off we went to collect our 3D glasses and settle in for the big show.

DreamWorks Animation dishes up a terrific family movie with MONSTERS VS ALIENS. The story is a bit thin but who cares? the characters rock. Susan Murphy gets hit by a meteorite just before her wedding in Modesto, California, and she grows to an incredible 49 feet, 11 inches in height. The U.S. Army "captures" her and incarcerates her in a secret monster facility underground, where she meets her fellow monsters: a smart mutant half-cockroach helpfully named Dr. Cockroach, a blob of blue protoplasm named B.O.B., the fishy Link, and the giant Insectosaurus.

Susan (who has been given the code name Ginormica) and the rest of the monster crew are released and commissioned to defend earth against a gigantic evil robot--and after an epic battle, they are victorious. Too bad about the Golden Gate Bridge but it can be built again better than new, surely? Susan tries to settle back in to her old life but at just under 50 feet tall, it really doesn't work out for her. Her sleazy fiance dumps her to focus on his career in broadcasting, and Susan realizes that she has true friends among the monsters and takes pleasure in her power. When the alien threat to Earth reappears ("I come in peace. Most of you will be killed ... but I come in peace") Susan and the crew save Earth.

The 3D graphics are superb; this is a movie that entertained all of us from the five-year-old on up. The voice casting generally worked well, especially Reese Witherspoon as Susan and Hugh Laurie as Dr. Cockroach. I was dubious about Susan when I first saw her Barbie-like looks and shape, but this is a girl who gets by on her brains and power, so there was no damage control necessary with my granddaughters. (Who knew that getting hit with a meteorite on your wedding day and growing to 50 feet tall could turn out to be good luck?) As for violence, you can't expect monsters and aliens to clash without somebody getting hurt, but mostly there was a lot of spectacular roaring and blowing up and nothing to speak of in the way of gore.

I can see that I've been missing out on a fine treat by skipping these DreamWorks productions. Count me in! Kid or no kid, if this bunch of lovable monsters goes on the road with a sequel, save me a seat.

Linda Bulger, 2009

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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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