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Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Paul Rudd, Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Poehler, Ed Helms, Renée Zellweger

Director(s): Conrad Vernon, Rob Letterman

Language: English

Genre: Fantasy / Animated

Synopsis

MONSTERS VS. ALIENS combines B-movie nostalgia with futuristic technology to create a 3-D animated adventure for the whole family. When an alien attacks the earth, the monsters must step up and become heroes to rescue humanity. This Dreamworks Animation offering features a cast of celebrity voices, including Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, and Seth Rogen.

 

motleymitch wrote on April 11, 2009, 1:25 am
Rated
Fantastic entertainment, and a great family film (I mean that in a good way, not a lame way).
The animation is aces all the way, from larger than life, wild imaginative battle scenes, right down to the pores of slightly shaven stubble on the characters' faces, seriously. The visuals and jokes had me smiling throughout, and the voice actors didn't override their animated counterparts - plus a nice touch to have Stephen Colbert play the president in a limited role.
Now, my viewing experience was enhanced greatly by the fact that I saw it A)on IMAX and B) in 3D.
The 3D effects were awesome - again not overriding the story, but accompanying it.
My small quibble is with the story itself - not that it was bad, just that it could've been more. It stayed simple and didn't have that extra depth that Pixar always does, and this constantly keeps Dreamworks as second banana. I'm sure without the big screen and 3D, the weakness of the story might be more apparent, but my viewing experience was thoroughly enjoyable, so high marks it is.
I still highly recommend this though, and if you get a chance to IMAX 3D it, do so (despite the $17.50 ticket price - ouch!)
The monsters were amusing and inventive, and I could've just watched Insectosaurus for the duration of the film and smiled the whole time - he's priceless.

Papamikey wrote on October 3, 2009, 8:22 am
Rated
I think I suffered from Mitch's mention above of a "lesser" form of media...I BOUGHT this and watched it with the family on my small widescreen...and was underwhelmed. I SAW the stuff that would have been "neat" in 3D but was lame in small 2D.

The story itself was kinda ho-hum, would've liked to see the Monsters DO more stuff than sorta hangout and zing one-liners. The majority of the jokes kinda fell flat for me, even the Colbert president which simply re-hashed the tired cliche of the "dumb" president...

An average outing at best...

Deril wrote on October 10, 2009, 1:08 am
Rated
Mikey, you nuts!

Like Mitch said, great entertainment (or something along those lines).

Not the best anumated film by a long shot, but very enjoyable, funny and I can't wait to watch with the kids. They will love it.

What's your rating of this movie?

 

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