3/28/2009

Movie Review: Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)


Dreamwork's Monsters vs. Aliens seem to be poised to be a major player in the CGI animation movie space this year with a very interesting concept, but it falls really flat... like the the blue blob character that always gets flattened. (Well, that character is named B.O.B., and he is voiced by Seth Rogen.)

The film has a couple of good things going for it: (a) the voice actors are just superb, with the aforementioned  Seth Rogen, Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Stephen Colbert, and Rainn Wilson; (b) the concept of bringing together a rag-tag team of Classic sci-fi monsters a la The Justice League or X-Men is just irresistible. So why do I think the movie is so-so?

The story is just too plain, nothing out of the ordinary for me: The film deals with the transformation of bride-to-be Susan Murphy (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) into "Ginormica," the 49 foot woman, and her joining the elite team of monsters that the U.S. government is keeping. She initially hates her situation, but thanks to the bond she develops with the other monsters and their mission to save the planet earth from an alien attack, she learns to love herself as a "monster." Ho-hum.

The film does have its share of laughs, courtesy of B.O.B., but other than that, it's really standard fare family entertainment humor. If you probably don't expect much as you enter the cinema, you'll be fine with Monsters vs. Aliens.


Rating: 2.5/5


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