REVIEW: ‘Monsters vs Aliens’

Cast:
Reese Witherspoon
Seth Rogen
Hugh Laurie
Will Arnett
Rated: PG

It’s classic ginormous monsters taking on alien invaders in this animated picture, setting up a heavyweight bout.

The film mainly centers around the character Susan (Witherspoon), who gets smashed by a meteor and absorbs super powers on her wedding day causing her to grow to 49 feet and 11 inches while also getting enhanced strength and agility. For this reason she’s taken into a government facility with other monsters who are kept for research.

The team of monsters get a chance to get unleashed, though, when an alien species, after the powers that Susan now has, comes to Earth.

“Monsters vs Aliens” is a fun time at the theater, mainly for Susan’s ‘fish out of water’ story matching up with the riff on old 50s monster movies. With that said, the movie didn’t have as much of an emotional core as some other animated films being made these days. For example, the movie isn’t as heartfelt as last year’s Dreamworks picture “Kung fu Panda.”

The characters were a bit hit or miss. Susan, a mad scientist cockroach and the Missing Link, a play on the Creature from the Black Lagoon, were all pretty good on screen. However, the other character B.O.B., based on The Blob, didn’t offer much other than Seth Rogen’s laugh.

Another character out of place was the President, who seemed really out of place and didn’t even interact with the main characters. Colbert has some fun with the role, but it’s unnecessary.

Action was actually a highlight of “Monsters vs Aliens,” with an especially wild sequences taking place in San Francisco.

There are some legitimately good moments in “Monsters vs Aliens” and it makes for a good time at the theater. But it’s not the best animated flick out there. High 3 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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