Just for the record, Dreamworks Animation is now above Disney Animation thanks to their newest animated comedy, Monsters vs. Aliens. I’ll be honest, when I was first heading into this one, like Bolt, I wasn’t expecting anything great, in fact I didn’t expect to like it. However, the movie really blew me away at how interesting and undeniably funny this movie could be. The title itself of Monsters vs. Aliens pretty much explains itself. Over the years, the government has captured monsters as a means of defense, and the recruitment of a new bride-to-be Susan, the gang including Dr. Cockroach, BOB, The Missing Link, Ginormica, and Insect-O-Saurus are out to save the world from the impending invasion from Galaxar, in conquest of the world’s energy sources. If you are a fan of any of the leading comedy players today, you can enjoy this movie. The movie is filled to the brim with current comedy giants. Hugh Laurie, Paul Rudd, Will Arnett, John Krasinski, Stephen Colbert, Keifer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Amy Poehler, and of course, Seth Rogen all lend their voices to what has to be one of the best voice casts I’ve ever seen in an animated movie. Like recent animated films, Dreamworks carries their weight with incredible animation and beautiful effects.
One thing I was incredibly concerned about going into the movie was how or if the movie was going to provide humor to keep me (along with all of the 3 year olds as well) entertained. I have to say, where Bolt kinda faltered in this department, Monsters vs. Aliens slam-dunked it. I really think I laughed more than the children in my screening. Sure, the movie does provide a lot of pie-in-the-face antics that get the kids laughing, some in-between silly antics that make you feel guilty for laughing, and then the jokes I laughed at most, the ones that had me taking off my glasses and bending over laughing so hard I was crying that noone else got. (RIP Invisible Man.) The movie quite literally hits the perfect balance of humor laugh-able for all members of a family. I was literally hooked to the movie I didn’t think I’d like, hooked even more than the 5 year olds this movie is primarily intended for. Whether that’s sad or not you be the judge. The entire 1 1/2 hour circumference of the movie is just brimming with creativity and the fruits of hard work. Every 10 minutes there’ll be some genuinely funny joke, some really ingeniously funny background animation, some incredible attention to detail, just something to let you know these guys worked really hard on this movie, and had a blast doing it. Which in turn, helps you to have fun with it. There were a few flaws present in the movie. The last third of the movie involving Galaxar’s base kinda lost my attention a little bit and wasn’t as creative, plus there were some times when the story got a little slow. Galaxar’s plan as a whole I feel wasn’t fleshed out enough, and could have benefitted from an extra 1/2 hour or so. Sometimes though you just gotta turn your brain off and have fun with a movie. This isn’t Watchmen, this is Monsters vs. Aliens. This is a great movie, probably one of my favorite of the year, that is an animated treat that any fan of animation, parent, or general comedy fan can have a blast with on Friday night. If anything else, it’s just fun to play “Who’s that Voice?” Monsters vs. Aliens thoroughly succeeds at providing a fun experience for kids, teenagers, and adults thanks to thoughtful and creative humor, not to mention a labor of love, and by just being one of those movies I’m gonna love to watch over and over again.
4 1/2 out of 5