Movie Review: Monsters vs Aliens

callanmonsters v aliensReview by Callan McAuliffe in Sydney.

Monsterrific and Aliexcellent.

DreamWorks most recent animated feature Monsters vs Aliens was indeed a dream to go to (stop laughing now) and is fun for the whole family. From semi-transparent gelatinous blue gloop that falls in love with green jelly after dumping a (girl?)friend it’s never even met, to giant cyclops robots destroying the Golden Gate Bridge while battling it out with a giant hairy bug of some kind, (you won’t know what it is either.)  Monsters VS Aliens provides constant laughs. However, it has it’s sad moments. (moments which I will not delve into as the movie would be ruined for all...)

Nearly all of today’s animations are superb, and M vs A is no exception. (I have abbreviated the former term as it was incredibly irritating to repeat, despite the fact I only wrote it twice.)

The characters are very well designed, and the voice acting is second only to the voice acting of some other film with second to none voice acting.

On the downside, I felt the main story was slightly lacking and that the monsters were not all that impressive. The list consisted of an indestructible blue blob, a small but big-headed amphibian man, a giant fluffy beetle, a mad scientist cockroach and a giant girl with white hair.

Overall, both kids and adults will find it funny, the latter however may be annoyed by the lack of a good story.

four stars


MONSTERS VS ALIENS is a Paramount Pictures release and DreamWorks Animation’s first InTru 3D Movie, wholly conceived, developed and authored in 3D.

When California girl Susan Murphy (REESE WITHERSPOON) is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches tall.  The military jumps into action and Susan is captured and put into a secret government compound.  There, she is renamed Ginormica and held along with a ragtag group of Monsters:  the brilliant but insect-headed Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D. (HUGH LAURIE); the macho half-ape, half-fish, The Missing Link (WILL ARNETT); the gelatinous and indestructible B.O.B. (SETH ROGEN); and the 350-foot grub called Insectosaurus.  In a moment of desperation, The President (STEPHEN COLBERT) is persuaded by General W. R. Monger (KEIFER SUTHERLAND) to enlist the motley crew of Monsters to save the world from imminent destruction from an alien robot sent to earth by Gallaxhar (RAINN WILSON.)

MONSTERS VS ALIENS is in cinemas around Australia from April 2