Monsters vs. Aliens
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When Susan Murphy is unexpectedly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches tall and is instantly labeled a "Monster" named Ginormica. The military jumps into action, and she is captured and held in a secret government compound filled with other "monsters" like herself.This ragtag group consists of the brilliant but insect-headed Dr. Cockroach, P.H.D.; the macho half-Ape-half-fish The Missing Link; the gelatinous and indestructible B.O.B.; and the 350-foot grub called Insectosaurus. Their confinement time is cut short however, when a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and the motley crew of Monsters is called into action to save the world from imminent destruction.
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 Susan begins to really believe in her own abilities and embrace the power of her friendship with the other monsters. B.O.B is absolutely hilarious with his consistent propensity for misunderstanding, indiscriminate digestion of anything and everything in his path, and witless adoration of his fellow monsters. The crazy exploits of Dr. Cockroach inspire lots of laughter, Insectosaurus proves his worth in the end, and Ginormica serves as the glue that holds the whole film together. The InTru 3-D format is highly effective and if you like animation; visual, verbal, and action comedy; references to past science-fiction films; and lovable monsters; you'll enjoy Monsters vs. Aliens. (Ages 7 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
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This is a very funny video. Seth Rogan's signature laugh is contagious. Everyone will love this DreamWorks picture. Looking forward to a part two.
Acting wise, I adored Reese Witherspoon (Susan) and Seth Rogan (Bob). I though they were perfect in their roles. I thought Raine Wilson (Galentor sp? evil alien) was ok, He came off as a generic cartoon bad guy for the most part.
The movie is decent. The visuals look amazing. They did a great job in the edit room. The script and film design is obviously for the whole family as there are comedy bits for kids and some for adults. Seth Rogan (Bob) was funny I enjoyed when his character was on screen. Otherwise it's a pretty predictable comedy action. It's not a bad movie but it's not one I am so in love with I'm going to desire to watch again.
I've always said that getting the Blu-Ray versions of animated films is a MUST. To get the clarity of this is the most important thing. You're cheating yourself, unless you only own a DVD player. I got a great deal on this, at $5, and couldn't pass on it. I like that it comes with the DVD because i can let friends borrow it so that they can enjoy it as well.
The story and characters are all very well written, extremely well animated, and the actors did a great job of bringing their voices to life. There was a lot of good clean humor with an easy to follow plot. I especially liked our heroine giant as she did a wonderful job with a well written character. I like how this character grows over the course of the movie and does not fit any female stereotypes or played as a ditz but is instead a strong and courageous woman. We need more characters like that.
The extra movie for BOB's birthday was great. It was really funny and gave a little more back story on the main characters. It was also in 3D was was fun.
The only downside is the film lacked 3D for the main film even though it had it in the theatres and comes with glasses for BOBs birthday film... but no 3D option for the main movie. We are not really big into 3D or anything but it would be nice to at least have the option since that is how they made the movie. Coraline offered both versions for example.
Overall we love the film and it just looks so crisp and clear on blu ray. I would have given it 5 stars had the movie come in 3D. I am sure over the years we will watch this one a bunch with the kids.
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