By: Henry J. Fromage (Three Beers) –
A bride-to-be gets turned into a giant by a freak accident, and must team up with other “monsters” to combat an impending alien invasion.
Dreamworks Animation is really starting to make a move this year in quality, and after How to Train Your Dragon it might be easy to forget what started this current upswing- Monsters vs. Aliens.
There’s a lot going for this one. The voice talent is very strong, with Seth Rogen’s monster and Stephen Colbert’s scenes as president bringing plenty of laughs and Reese Witherspoon providing the soul.
Not this kind, although I’d like to see her try
One scene in particular, a spoof of the Close Encounters of the Third Kind first contact scene with Colbert’s character, was so funny I replayed it three times. This is what I like to see from comedies.
Also, the message of the film was very nice: having confidence in yourself, self-esteem, never giving up your dream, and all that crap.
Maybe also manicorns?
Unfortunately, the two main drivers of animated films, the jokes and the heart, were pretty inconsistent. For every scene like Colbert’s there’s one where a lame joke is dragged out to the shed and shot repeatedly until it dies with a whimper.
Also, for a film about accepting yourself and others for who they are, they sure make some characters into stereotypes you cease to care about within minutes of meeting them.
What’s with the ugly animation for people these days? It seems like there’s an escalating ugly contest for portraying humans between movie studios that can only end one way.
Also, Insectasaurus, who is one of the highlights of the film with his Gamera-like waddling, turns into this (image tiny for your own protection/due to laziness):
I’ve been having nightmares for days.
Watch it. Don’t expect anything groundbreaking, but you’ll get enough laughs to make it worth your time.
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a Drink: every time something grows larger
Take a Drink: every time the name Derek is used
Drink a Shot: for each President Colbert appearance