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      23.02.2012 03:10
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      Highly recommended animated film

      I tend to watch a lot of films at the cinema, and Monsters Vs Aliens was no exception to this! I loved it on the big screen, so it's no suprise that I went out and bought the DVD. This cost me around £3 from Morrisons as they were having their clearouts to make way for new cartoon movies, and it was definitely worth this price.

      It's rated PG, although Im not sure why as it isn't that scary I would have given it a U! This film is definitely one for both family and friends alike as it has just the right balance between being kid friendly and not being too kiddy for adults. The timing of this movie is excellent to as the plot isn't dragged out at all and they end it long enough for you to love the film, and not wish it hadn't been dragged out as much!

      Monsters Vs Aliens was made by Dreamworks, and it definitely is my favourite by them and shows the ongoing talent this studio has for making great films. It has the same style, humour and well written plots we have grown to love from these great film makers.

      The plot centers around Susan (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) who was preparing for her wedding to weatherman Derk till disaster struck! A giant meteor hits the location of the wedding exactly where Susan is and although she thinks she is fine at first, that is definitely not the case. Susan starts growing at a super fast rate until she must be at least 50 feet tall and towering over her own wedding ceremony, and from this Ginormica is born!

      And as with all mutants in a film, the military step in and sedate Susan, taking her to a super secret miliary base where all of the monsters throughout the years have been kept. Except, there's one catch to her visiting this military base, she's now their prisoner and can't be let out the base! Luckily, there are a few monsters there to befriend her and help her get used to her life as a "monster".

      For starters there is Dr Cockroach Ph.D (voiced by Hugh Laurie) who is a mad scientist that turned himself into a giant cockroach after an experiment went wrong. Although he seems a bit wacky at first, he is clearly the brainy one and manages to cook up some great gadgets. Then there is B.O.B (voiced by Seth Rogen) as he's a pretty silly blob of blue goo that can mold into anything and while he doesn't have the smarts, he sure has the humour.

      The Missing Link is the third addition to the gang (voiced by Will Arnett), he's a half fish and half man creature who has some serious strength and knows some great karate moves. He wasn't made by accident however, as after a block of ice thawed he was found! And last but not least is Insectosaurus, a giant caterpillar who is the cutest Dreamworks cartoon I have seen, and even bigger than Ginormica! Although he can't speak aside from his small roars, he is really friendly and knows how to save the gang when they're in trouble!

      Susan is pretty angry at first about her imprisonment (I mean who wouldn't be!) and while the rest of the gang try to convince her everything will be okay as life is alright in the military base camp, she refuses to accept that and just wants to get back to Derek. However, you could say luckily, in the next days after imprisonment, an alien robot led by evil alien Gallaxhar (voiced by Rainn Wilson), lands in San Francisco and starts to destroy the city.

      Will the monsters save the city from Gallaxhar? Does Susan ever return back to her original size and find her true love Derek again? Will the military ever free the "monsters"? You'll have to watch the film to find out, and you won't regret it, as as soon as one of these questions is solved, something else happens to a character!

      The characters were excellently voiced and seemed to match their voice actors extremely well. From Reese Witherspoon showing the strong girly side of her character, Hugh Laurie showing the smart side that he knows extremely well how to pull off thanks to being in House for so long!, Seth Rogen being the loveable goofball and Rainn Wilson making Gallaxhar so terribly evil.

      Monsters Vs Aliens was definitely well written for the whole film, as the plotline never sagged in the middle, begining or end and you were always kept on your toes about what would happen next. As I said before, it is definitely a family film, as there is something here for everyone and it will keep you all entertained. Nothing is too sappy or tacky in this film, as all of the characters and their friendships are pretty believable, and you get invested in them as a gang throughout the movie.

      As usual for Dreamworks films, the animation was superb. They manage to make all the cartoons characteristics effortless and really high quality. Even the action was great to watch in cartoon form! Comparing it to other Dreamworks films, it isn't as realistic as ones like Shrek as it maintains its cartoony vibe, and is more similar to ones like Megamind (another favourite!)

      The DVD itself doesn't have that many special features, however if you have some time left over after watching the movie, they are not bad just so sit through as they are pretty standard DVD extras. You can look at the documentaries based on making the movie itself, which is probably more interesting if you are into how films themselves are developed! There is also the deleted scenes, which aren't that exciting or as good as the movie, and its pretty obvious that they were deleted!

      Overall, I would rate this movie a 5/5. It has the right combination of wacky characters that have a great friendship and an evil villain thats so silly you have to like him a bit with voice acting, a great plot and high quality animation to make it a movie you won't mind watching again and again!

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      24.05.2011 20:29
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      A good funny family movie

      This film is great for the family and young kids will love it. It's animated and colourful and has an easy to understand storyline that kids should be able to understand clearly. You don't have to understand it to enjoy it but it is still good and has a good storyline. A women get's hit by a meteorite and she turns gigantic the moment before her wedding. She is then captured by the army and taken to a prison. An evil alien then attacks the world and she is sent along with other "monsters" to destroy the aliens robots that he has unleashed. It's a good story with some comic action and some funny action too for some laughs. There is lot's of comedy along the way, for all the family.

      It is suitable for all and there is no inappropriate content or offensive content that people may be offended by. It's a bright cheerful film featuring interesting characters and great funny moments. There is a goo monster, big sort of grasshopper scientist and more that she meets in the prison. They are sent out to fight the evil aliens minions and robots. It's not scary and the action and violence are comic and not extremely violent and disturbing. A funny animated film that you can watch over a few times and still love it. Kid's will love it.

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        04.01.2011 08:43
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        Watch it!

        Monsters vs Aliens was released in 2009 by Dreamworks, the company responsible for a huge range of animation success both at the box office and with critics. This film can safely be added in there as another string to their ever increasingly impressive bow and could easily be a hidden contender for the finest movie they have released to date.

        The premise of the movie is very simple, the world is under threat from a huge alien robot and running out of ideas the government decided to release the "monsters" it has been secretly imprisoning to combat it. This includes all types of monsters but mainly the films main protagonist Susan or otherwise known as Giganticar.

        As always the movie is laden with gags, cultural references and in jokes suitable to all ages. Everyone will enjoy this film on a different level. The gags just never stop coming and most will have you laughing on the edge of your seat. This movie certainly has a wider range and more broad appeal in terms of the content of the gags than other dreamworks movies. As well and the usual visual treats, there are sci fi references, political satire, current affairs gags and more! The script in terms of this is just fantastic.

        The plot of the whole monsters vs aliens vibe plays a secondary role really to keeping the gags going helped in part by the usual colourful and perfectly pitched range of characters from the whacky president to the mad army major who has the idea of the whole things. As usual with these animations they are voiced by leading US talent including Reese Witherspoon and Seth Rogan, and each don a fantastic job.

        As with all these films the animation is superb and particularly in HD and in the DVD format. The work done by the animators is as always a joy to behold!

        All in all this is a truly excellent film and one I'm afraid many adults or older audiences without children will be put off by the title. Running at 91 minutes it's a gag a second laugh fest that is a hidden treasure among a wave of animated features!

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          16.07.2010 10:42
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          A fun family film.

          Any fans of animated movies and family films would have eagerly been anticipating the release of Monsters vs. Aliens back in 2009. It was made by DreamWorks Animation, the company who made such successes as Shrek and Madagascar, and this time ventured into the world of science-fiction as its theme.

          Monsters vs. Aliens tells the story of Susan Murphy (voiced by Reece Witherspoon), an ordinary American girl who is excited to be marrying her boyfriend Derek Dietl (Paul Rudd), who experiences some low-key fame as a television weatherman. However, their wedding day is interrupted when a meteorite crashes down to Earth, landing on Susan and leading her to absorb quantonium. This causes a strange reaction as Susan grows taller becoming a giant woman.

          Provoking a large-scale military reaction from the US government, the extra-tall Susan is captured and put in a secure prison with other monsters the government has captured over the years. She soon befriends them.

          There is B.O.B. (voiced by Seth Rogen) who is a blue blob with one eye and not the brightest monster in the world. There is also Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D. (Hugh Laurie) who is an eccentric scientist who has a range of wacky devices he can make from anything around him. The strange fish-monkey creature is the Missing Link (Will Arnett) and finally there is Insectosaurus (who never talks) who is a giant bug, who is even taller than Susan.

          When the Earth faces an alien threat, the US government decide the only way they can save the world is to unleash their supply of captive monsters. So the Monsters vs. Aliens battle begins.

          The story is well-constructed and the pace is fast-moving, but not too much that it becomes too confusing. It will hold the attention of both children and adults and will be especially appreciated by fans of old movies like King Kong and more modern ones such as E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, as there are many knowing nods to the classic movies of this genre.

          It is a fun romp in the old tradition of good versus evil, with lots of exciting scenes and cartoon violence. It never becomes too frightening and the PG rating seems very fair. The team of monsters are very endearing and each has their own personality. Susan is a good character too and each one goes through a journey throughout the movie, so they improve themselves and discover strengths they never knew they had.

          The animation itself is beautifully done and the detail is excellent. The individual strands of hair moving around are especially impressive, whether on Susan's platinum blonde head or on the furry body of Insectosaurus.

          The voices are well chosen with Reese Witherspoon coming across well as the All-American girl next door. Hugh Laurie's voice is the only one I recognised especially, though the cast also includes Kiefer Sutherland as General W.R. Monger, who looks after the captive monsters.

          Monsters vs. Aliens is very funny with some great one-liners and a witty script. It is a film that all ages will find entertaining. My fourteen-year-old daughter loves it and has already watched it three times in the first week. I think I enjoyed it just as much as she did, but some of my favourite films are animated ones. (Monsters Inc. remains my favourite.)

          The characters are cute and interesting, the story holds your attention throughout and the 90 minutes fly by. Great all round family entertainment - ideal for keeping the kids busy for a while during the school holidays!


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          The single-disc version (like we have) costs £4.99 from Amazon UK and still manages an impressive array if extras including deleted scenes, a film-maker's commentary and a couple of behind-the-scenes documentaries.

          The two-disc Special Edition version is currently £14.99 and has all the extras the one-disc version has, plus B.O.B.'s Big Break (a bonus movie), a 3D game, a karaoke section and a DVD-ROM.

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            11.07.2010 11:54
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            great work.

            I think I am pretty qualified to have a say on the quality of this film, as this week I must have watched it around about seven times in total. Why do you ask, have you seen Monsters vs. Aliens seven times this week? Well, as many of you know I am a teacher and when it comes to the end of term the old dusty VHS is brought out and to help out teachers brain cells a film is put on. It gives me a chance to give all the work out and for them to be quiet for a couple of hours. Amazingly enough, this film entertained nine year olds as much as it did fourteen year olds, so that is also worth noting.

            The film is one of those three dimensional computer generated efforts with lots of famous people voicing all of the strange creatures. Monsters vs. Aliens sees a group of monsters that have been locked away in a secret government facility brought out of their incarceration to defend earth against some evil aliens intent on taking over. Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) is the film's main heroine, after being hit by a meteor from space she grows to a massive size leading her to be sent to the government facility and renamed 'Ginormica'. There she meets B.O.B (Seth Rogen), Dr Cockroach (Hugh Laurie) and Missing Link (Will Arnett) all of whom answer to General Monger (Kiefer Sutherland). They are let out of their incarceration and sent to help defend Earth against the evil alien Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson) who wants the radiation substance that made Murphy so massive in the first place.

            Visually the film is very impressive and probably looked better in 3D at the cinema than it did on my interactive whiteboard. It was colourful and bright and lots of things happened in quick succession meaning that there was zero downtime for the audience that I showed it to lose interest. I though the script was excellent with some clever jokes that maybe I got, but some of the nine year olds didn't. I thought that the President of the United States was the best character by far but all of the voices for each character fitted perfectly. If I had to pick one failing in the film it might be Hugh Laurie who did seem a bit out of place and who delivered his lines in a very rushed manner.

            In all, Monsters vs. Aliens was a great film full of action, laughs and drama. It had just the right mix of all of these elements that meant that everyone I showed it to enjoyed themselves - even me!

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              08.07.2010 17:41
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              Top family CGI pick

              Cinema is full of epic battles; Freddy vs. Jason, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, Joe vs. the Volcano. Ok, perhaps they are not the best examples and they are not as epic as I would like. In fact, these all seem pretty personal affairs and will have little impact on the human race as a whole. A Mega Shark may be huge, but I'm pretty sure that I am out of harms way several miles inland. There needs to be a film that tackles a battle between two foes that could hold the world to random. How about an army of Earth based monsters versus space based aliens?

              Susan is about to get married when disaster strikes - she is hit by a meteorite. Far from being dead, Susan actually starts to grow and grow. Whisked away from her apparent perfect world she is now part of a crack (pot) team of monsters that include an intelligent cockroach, a blob and the missing link. The newly renamed Ginormica is thrust straight into work when an Alien robot lands on the planet. No longer can the governments of the world keep the knowledge of these monsters secret, they must use them as the only weapon that can defeat the nefarious Gallaxhar and his plan to take over the world.

              The modern CGI cartoon is no longer a guaranteed hit. During the late 90s to mid 00s you could pretty much watch any CGI film and know it would be quality. This was because most of the noticeable work came from the likes of Pixar and DreamWorks. However, as the skills improved and the costs fell more CGI films got made and the quality took a nose dive. Pixar alone have managed to create great work (although 'Cars' came close to being bad). DreamWorks Animations showed themselves extremely fallible with the likes of the awful 'Shark Tales' and 'Over the Hedge', but they also made 'Shrek' and supported 'Flushed Away'. Luckily 'M vs. A' falls into the category of their good work.

              In terms of plot the film is pretty thin, but the set up is excellent. The idea of an underground monster taskforce was well realised in 'Hellboy' and it works again here. The alien menace is also good fun with Gallaxhar being an egotistical maniac who is fun to dislike and is voiced by a quality comedic actor in Rainn Wilson. It is perhaps not the plot itself that makes the film so fun, but the scenarios and characters that are within it.

              In terms of creating the characters and casting them DreamWorks have done brilliantly. The studio was in the habit of hiring named actors for role such as Bruce Willis in 'Over the Hedge' and various unfortunates in 'Sharks Tale'. What this showed was that straight actors have pretty bland voices that don't record well. It is the comedians who voice act for Pixar and in the better DreamWorks films that give life to the over the top characters. Therefore, when you look at the cast of 'M vs. A' you know that you are in safe hands; Seth Rogan, Hugh Laurie and Will Arnett. Even Reece Witherspoon as Susan has proven a good comedic actress in the first 'Legally Blonde'.

              The various voice actors give real life and humour to an already quality script. The story is just the right balance of humour that adults will enjoy and action the kids like. My favourite CGI films are always those with a slightly off balance sense of humour that borders on the serial. 'M vs. A' is in the same vein as the likes of 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' and 'Meet the Robinsons', two great family films.

              The CGI itself is also of the brilliant quality you now expect from the DreamWorks animation studio. Out of all genres of film available in High Definition the CGI cartons are perhaps the ones that benefit most. This film looks amazing on BluRay and the colours really stand out. The additional extras on the BluRay are also good fun, especially if you know a youngster who would like to watch all of them.

              Overall, 'Monsters versus Aliens' is one of the best animated films of the past couple of years. Its not really up there with the very best that the genre has provided in its relatively short lifespan, but it takes the quirky humour of the past DreamWorks films and packages it in a high quality way. There is plenty of zany humour on offer and the animation and voice acting is of top quality. If you are a fan of CGI films that I would certainly recommend this light hearted family comedy.


              Director: Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon
              Year: 2009
              Cert: PG
              Starring: (Voices) Seth Rogan, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett and Reece Witherspoon
              Price: Amazon uk £15.93 (BluRay)
              Play.com £16.99 (BluRay)

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              There are loads of extras on the disc including several featurettes. The BluRay also comes with free 3D glasses that work on the short film that is on the disc. The 3D is ok, but there it is the old style Red/Green 3D of yore, rather than the new RealD.

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                I can't recommend it enough, Dreamwork's best since Shrek, possibly even beating it.

                I don't really remember why I went to see this film at the cinema, I'm not usually a fan of Dreamworks animation and judging by the trailers this didn't look like it was going to change my mind. Maybe I was really bored, maybe there was nothing else showing, maybe I was late for what I really wanted to see.

                Or maybe...it was fate! Because while I was expecting a poorly made, badly written cheese fest along the lines of Shark Tale what I actually got to see was a feminist masterpiece! One of the most positive and enjoyable animated films of recent years, up there with most of Pixar's output in my opinion. I should warn you that there may be one or two spoilers in my review, but nothing that you wouldn't have seen coming from a mile off anyway!

                The film opens with Susan (voiced ably by Reese Witherspoon) preparing for her wedding to local weatherman Derek. She's as excited as you'd expect any girl to be on marrying a handsome sort-of celebrity, and Derek assures her that they're a team, facing the future together. Disaster strikes when Susan is hit by a meteor on the wedding day, causing her to start inexplicably growing until she reaches nearly 50 feet tall and breaks through the roof of the church! (Amazingly her wedding dress still fits, but hey this is a kids film!)

                A confused and terrified Susan is caught, sedated and transferred to a top secret military installation presided over by General W.R Monger (Kiefer Sutherland, brilliantly sending up some of his well know film and TV roles). Here she meets some fellow 'monsters' and learns to her dismay that she has been renamed 'Ginormica' and is to kept prisoner forever! Her new companions are:

                Dr Cockroach Ph.D - A mad scientist who accidentally turned himself into a giant cockroach in a failed experiment. Voiced by Hugh Laurie, he is immediately friendly and sympathetic to Susan

                B.O.B - A blue blob of gelatinous matter that has somehow attained consciousness, although not intelligence! Voiced by Seth Rogen, B.O.B is friendly and kind if a bit dopey.

                The Missing Link - A half fish half man creature who had been frozen in a block of ice for thousands of years but who somehow speaks perfect English and knows a few nifty martial arts moves! Voiced by Will Arnett (of SNL fame) he is a bit brusque but ultimately a good guy

                Insectosaurus - A giant caterpillar-like bug, even bigger than Ginormica, only communicates in squeaks but is very friendly and handy to have around in a tight spot as you learn towards the end of the film!

                Susan/Ginormica struggles at first to come to terms with how her life has changed. She is desperate to return to her old self and to go back to Derek. However, things start to change when an alien robot lands in San Francisco and starts to attack! The monsters are released and tasked with bringing down the deadly robot. Though terrified at first, Susan soon releases that with her enormous size comes a new found enormous amount of strength. She takes on the robot resourcefully and bravely and the monsters emerge victorious, with Susan feeling happy in her new body for the first time and revelling in her new abilities.

                Now that she's free, Susan returns home to Derek, only to have hew new found joy crushed when he reveals he no longer wants to marry her. He feels that she would overshadow his career. Susan is devastated to find out that they are no longer a team due to the way she has changed and leaves with her new monster friends.

                The trouble doesn't end there though, it turns out the robot was sent by evil alien genius Gallaxhar (voiced by Rainn Wilson doing an excellent job of sounding thoroughly horrid) and he's after something. Apparently, the meteor that hit Susan contained a chemical called 'Quantonium' which is what caused her to change into Ginormica. Gallaxhar wants the Quantonium in order to create an army of clones so he kidnaps Susan, takes her up into his spaceship and removes the Quantonium. Back to her normal size and strength Susan realises that she doesn't want to be ordinary anymore, she wants her powers back so she can stop Gallaxhar from taking over the earth.

                The other monsters come to Susan's aid, and a thrilling yet frequently hilarious action scene ensues. I won't tell you exactly how the film ends but I have a feeling you might be able to guess the basics!

                Now, you might be wondering why I described this film as a feminist masterpiece. Well first of all, its always nice to see a film with a central female character who is well written and developed, goes through a believable journey and has true strength and power. Susan goes from playing second fiddle in her relationship with Derek to calling the shots and being truly in control of her own life. You can see her self awareness and self esteem visibly improving through the course of the film. I think this film delivers a great message to little girls that its ok for women to be strong, to be in control, to be independent and that having the happy ending with the handsome man and the white wedding dress is not the be all and end all. For Susan, it was only the beginning!

                Monsters Vs Aliens was very well written for the most part, with just the right balance to keep both kids and adults entertained. All the main characters were sympathetic and believable, despite them being odd looking monsters you can really invest in the friendships they form.

                The animation was of a high quality. Although nobody has yet managed to animate a truly realistic human face, these characters are able to convey any emotion effectively and capable of very subtle nuanced facial expressions and gestures. The scene in San Francisco was particularly visually impressive, combining the very real images of a familiar city with the outlandish characters and actions involved, without seeming too jarring or odd.

                The film is just the right length at exactly 90 minutes, and doesn't waste a second of that time. I highly recommend it for people of all ages and genders. If you have daughters, make this their next birthday present!


                The DVD extras:
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                I have the standard single disc edition which has easy to navigate menu screens and several special features.

                There is a fairly traditional 'making of' documentary entitled "Modern Monster Movie Making" which is interesting although not terribly thrilling after the exciting film you've just watched!

                Three deleted scenes which add little to the film, its easy to see why they were deleted.

                A 'Video Jukebox' which I have to confess I haven't looked at, sorry!

                A filmmakers' commentary, which is always a welcome edition. I've listened to the first half hour or so and found it quite interesting.

                Lastly, a feature entitled "The Tech of Monsters Vs Aliens" which is a short feature about the animation process.

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                  25.06.2010 10:52
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                  a must see

                  I watched this film last weekend with my children on sky movies hd , i was not sure what to expect as my son didn't seem keen and my daughter had already seen it. I was pleasantly surprised.

                  The films with Susan Murphy's (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) wedding day and if she isn't already having wedding jitters, they aren't helped by the fact she is hit a meteor, this does however to have left her relatively unarmed and after a quick wash down she proceeds up the aisle. She suddenly starts to glow and turn green and grows to huge 49 feet 11 inches tall. This unexpected and unwanted predicament leaves hear branded a 'monster' and his abducted by a secret government facility so they can do experiments and tests on her.
                  She soon finds she is not alone in this and becomes acquainted with fellow outcasts; a brilliant cockroach with a PhD, a bizarre ape-fish hybrid, a gelatinous and indestructible blob, and a 350 foot grub.
                  However when a big alien robot set on total earth annihilation they find themselves released in order to fight the aliens and save earth in return for their freedom calls for the monsters to be released in the hope that they will defend the very people who imprisoned them. Of course, the monsters oblige as they are basically good, despite their outward appearance. In their clumsy effort to save mankind from the alien threat, they prove that they each have something valuable to offer and that together they can really make a difference, but after saving the day she finds he fiancé as left he behind and gone off to be a tv anchorman which leaves her confused to say the least, but she soon realised that this doesn't matter as she has found herself becoming very much attached to her new 'monster' friends.

                  I found this film very funny and would highly recommend this to anyone to watch.

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                    Great for those of you with kids

                    I watched this film this week after receiving it from my online DVD rental company. I wasn't sure what to expect really as even as a child I didn't enjoy animation too much, nevertheless I settled down to watch it hoping it would be a good film.

                    *Plot*
                    Susan is in love. She is getting married that very day to Derek who is a TV presenter. Susan is very excited an cant wait. Just as she is about to get married, a meteorite hits her leaving her rather shaken. However, Susan carries on with her day and is just saying her vows when Derek tells her she is glowing, she thanks him only to be told that she really is glowing. She then starts to grow to tower over the rest of the people in the church. The guests flee, scared of this monster that stands before them.

                    She is taken away by the government and locked in a prison full of monsters. Despite Susan insisting she is not a monster nobody will listen and she is treated like any other. Susan is feeling very down and just wants to go home. However, she soon makes friends with some of the other monsters and soon enough the government may actually be asking for her help!

                    *Opinion*
                    I enjoyed this film. I didn't think I would what with it being a children's film when I'm supposed to be an adult these days! However, I thought the plot was well thought out and really liked the idea of the film. I think children would really like this film as it is very interesting and the characters are all very fun and individual.

                    The plot in the film flows really well and there is never a dull moment. The films run time is quite short at 86 minutes however the time flew by. The ending is predictable but is nice and a happy one so no worries about letting the kids watch it.

                    I really liked the characters in the film as all of the monsters who Susan lived with were very funny. Susan was played (voiced) by Reese Witherspoon and although throughout I kept noticing her voice and thinking about how she looks in real life this was not offputting and it was nice to see her doing something different.

                    *Additional Information*
                    The film was released in 2009
                    It was directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon
                    It stars Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogan, Hugh Laurie, Kiefer Sutherland and Paul Rudd
                    It ran 86 minutes and is rated a PG in the UK

                    *Summary*
                    Recommended - especially for those of you with children!

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                      Monsters vs Aliens

                      Monsters Vs. Aliens

                      Monsters Vs. Aliens is an animation movie from Dreamworks with Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Shutherland

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                      Running time: 95 minutes
                      Category: Animation/comedy
                      Director: Conrad Vernon
                      Year: 2009
                      Language: English
                      Country: United States

                      Actors:

                      Reese Witherspoon as Susan Murphy/Ginormica
                      Seth Rogen as B.O.B. (Benzoate Ostylezene Bicarbonate)
                      Conrad Vernon as Insectosaurus
                      Rainn Wilson as Gallaxhar
                      Kiefer Sutherland as General Warren. R. Monger
                      Stephen Colbert as President Hathaway

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                      The story
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                      The story starts with Susan Murphy who's about to get married with her beloved weatherman Derek Dietl. Unfortunately her day gets ruined when an asteroid lands right on top of her! Strangely enough she survives! What Susan didn't realised is that she got a liquid over her named Quantonium. On the moment she's standing in front of the altar she suddenly starts to grow and becomes an enormous giant! She breaks through the roof and everybody starts to panic. The army quickly arrives and succeed in tranquilizing her. When Susan wakes up she's is some kind of institution that's run by General W.R. Monger. In this top secret facility there are more monsters like Susan and being kept from the public for eternity. Only when an alien is under way to earth and the monsters seems the only people able to stop him, they are quickly allowed to leave, but will they succeed?

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                      Acting/voices
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                      Reese Witherspoon is de voice of Susan Murphy also called Ginorma. Susan is just your daily woman who's about to get married, when suddenly her whole life is turned upside down. I think Reese does a wonderful job and fits the character really well. The only problem I have is that she's a known actor and I can't seem not too think of Reese while seeing Susan. I can't really get into the character of Susan, because the voice reminds me to much of Reese. The problem is that I have a certain image of Reese, which collides with this character. I normally don't have this so much with movie. Further on you got Kiefer Sutherland as the General. He doesn't have the same problem for me and I think it is because he changes his voice better then Reese.

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                      My opinion
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                      Monsters vs. Aliens is a good family entertaining movie and even if I got reminded a lot about Reese Witherspoon during the movie, I still enjoyed it. Susan is a funny and glumsy woman what doesn't really help when you are a giant. You start to feel sorry for her when she wakes up in this institution all alone and when she's told she will never see her family again. Luckily there are a few other monsters that bring a lot of humour to the table. The animation is really good, but that's not really a surprise considering it's from Dreamworks. The whole movie is very colourful with beautiful surroundings and the monsters look really well done to. Overall it's a really nice good family movie to watch!

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                        28.02.2010 12:37
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                        Monsters defend earth by battling against Aliens.

                        The latest instalment from DreamWorks!
                        I watched this film with my children last night and was really impressed with the whole thing. Story, acting, animation, it all worked really well.

                        The story starts with a woman called Susan who is voiced by Reese Witherspoon. It is the day of her wedding, but before she can enter the church she is struck by a falling meteor. For some reason she is unhurt by this and enters the church to carry on with her big day. After a few minutes she begins to glow green and grows to an enormous size.
                        After being detained by the government, Susan is taken to a top secret facility that was built to house monsters that have been captured over the years. There, she meets General W.R Monger, voiced by Kiefer Sutherland, who gives her a new name of Ginormica and introduces her to her fellow detained monsters, B.O.B - voiced by Seth Rogan, Dr. Coackroach Ph.D - voiced by Hugh Laurie, the Missing link - voiced by Will Arnett and Insectersoid, who is voiced by no one!

                        After getting to know her fellow monsters, it's not long before the world is invaded by a giant alien robot that no army can defeat and the ragtag group of monsters are called upon to save the day.
                        This leads us to be introduced to the alien Gallaxher - voiced by Rainn Wilson and we learn that a massive alien invasion is on the way, an invasion that will put Susan and her monster friends to the test and give us the confrontation of Monsters v Aliens!

                        I personally really liked this film. From the second it started where the films production company is shown and they add a bit of alien animation, it is hilarious.

                        Although I didn't think that Reese Witherspoon put anything special into voicing Susan, she did do an adequate enough job to bring the character to life. What made the film for me, were all the supporting cast, specifically, Hugh Laurie and Kiefer Sutherland.
                        Out of all the characters, they had the most distinctive voices that stuck in my mind after the film had finished. The rest of the cast seemed to use there own distinct voices to bring their characters to life, but they were still reminiscent of how I remembered them speaking in other films.

                        Hugh Laurie, an actor I really like, really spiced up his way of talking and made his character so wacky sounding, often making curious as to whether of not it was actually him.

                        Kiefer Sutherland, also one of my favourite actors, he did a similar job to Laurie by creating a fantastic entertaining wacky character. It took me a while before I even realised it was his voice!

                        I know the animation in this film has been slated by other viewers as to not being up to the standard of other recent animations, but I thought that it was quite good. The simplicity of all the characters features and the landscape, worked well with the idea of the story. If it had been too detailed, the funny scenes just would not have worked so well with the intended humour.

                        A large part of the humour in the film comes from B.O.B, using simple but effective humour and jokes, but there is also a massive element of humour generated by all cast members, and they each do a good job of delivering it.

                        One of the most memorable things I have taken away from this film has been all the impressive action scenes. It was jam-packed full of action which occurred often enough to keep your eyes fixed to the screen. In a film like this where the actual plot and character development is quite basic and simple, action and humour is essential for success. I found that the action and humour was more than good enough and made this film the enjoyable experience that it was.
                        My wife, my parents, my 7 year old, my 3 year old and myself, all sat through the whole thing, and at the end we all commented on all the various bits that we thoroughly enjoyed.
                        This tells me that the film applies to an audience within a very large age range, in our house ranging from 3 up to 62.

                        I would definitely recommend this as a good hour and a half of fun, but make sure you watch it with an open mind and an attitude of laughing at simple humour and jokes, if you do you, will walk away with a smile on your face.

                        I bought this for £4.99 from play.com but I haven't had a chance yet to watch the special features so I can't really comment on them. But from what I can see, although most of the features are just production notes and technical information about making an animation, it does appear to have deleted scenes, and from experience deleted scenes on animations tend to be really funny, so worth a watch.

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                          24.02.2010 04:50
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                          Witty comedy animated film that's perfect for kids. Not a lot of plot but it's nice enough.

                          Dreamworks have made another great film but not surprisingly this release still fails to live up to the Shrek movies.

                          Monsters vs. Aliens is a feature length Dreamworks animated film about a meteor that lands next to the chapel where a couple is getting married. The bride, getting some air before the ceremony decides to go outside and approaches the fallen meteor but the radiaton from it affects her. Returning inside, it begins to take effect and, being a childrens comedy the radiation has effects of epic proportions, literally. She is transformed into a gigantic version of herself with, oddly enough, white hair. Susan Murphy or "Ginormica" (Reese Witherspoon) as she is named by top secret government scientists that capture her is then put in a containment unit along with four other "monsters"; B.O.B. (Seth Rogen), Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D. (Hugh Laurie), Missing Link (Will Arnett) and Insectosaurus (umm it just roars/screams). After the discovery that an alien invasion will come to Earth, the government decided that they need to fight back, using the "monsters" they have captured over the years as a team. Led by General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland) the team must fight off the attacks of alien Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson).

                          This film is everything that a kid wants; action, colourful and oddly-shaped characters and a simple yet effective story that I couldn't help but think would make a great kids tv show (a surprise to me to find out that it would be adapted into one by Nickelodeon). Great purchase for the kids with voice actors that the parents will like. A nice simple story and some great animation, which can always be expected by Dreamworks. Good film, worth the buy at around £5 from most retailers.

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                            14.02.2010 21:13
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                            Great family fun film

                            I just picked up this DVD today to watch with my girlfriend and her three year old daughter and i'll have to say I was quite surprised at how good it was. It has lots of funny little moments in it. I am not sure how from what age kids will enjoy it though as her daughter didn't really seem to understand what was going on for pretty much the entire film!

                            The film itself follows a young woman who is about to get married when a meteor falls from the sky and lands on her head. This causes her to grow at a massive rate while at the alter and she has soon outgrown the church into what can only be described as a giant.

                            The government soon track her down and lock her up. While she is locked up she meets other creatures known as "monsters" that have been locked up too. She soon forges a friendship with the monsters and becomes one of them.

                            An Alien attack happens when the aliens are looking for the meteor to get its power which has now all been sucked in by the girl, the monsters are released to help save the earth and all mankind....

                            Will the monsters succeed? I suggest you all buy the DVD to find out...but as it is a kids film then I'm sure you can all guess the fairytale ending! Great family fun film.

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                            08.02.2010 01:27
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                            Good family film

                            Monster vs Aliens follows the story of Susan (Reese Witherspoon), hit by a meteor on her wedding day to weather man Derek (Paul Rudd), during the service it makes her grow taller changing her into Ginormaca. The government soon find her and take her away.

                            Susan wakes up to find herself confined by the government and meets her fellow monsters and inmates. Dr Cockroach Ph.D (Hugh Laurie), The Missing Link (Will Arnett), B.O.B. (Seth Rogan) and Insectosaurous.

                            Susan is told that they can never leave and must live in confinement by General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland) This is until Aliens arrive, looking for a power source and the government have no choice but to send the monsters to help save everyone, promising their freedom for it. They must first defeat a robot sent and then later the alien Gallaxhar (Rainn Willson).

                            I found the film to be very enjoyable, it had some good funny points and was not too long to loose your attention. The film has a good cast and the parts are voiced very well. The animation was very good quality and the film had some good action parts. The film could be considered mildly scary for very young children and is rated a PG to reflect this.

                            I have the two disc DVD pack for this film which includes B.O.B.'s Big Break, a 3D short film, rated U. The pack included four 3D glasses to watch this. When watching the 3D short the effects did seem slightly blurry but it was a good story.

                            The film itself comes with some good extras, such as deleted scenes and commentary B.O.B.'s Big Break has a lot of extras including karaoke and a 3D game.

                            The run time of the film is approximately 90 minutes and for the short film 13 minutes.

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                            04.02.2010 22:34
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                            A decent film, but nothing there for the adults to enjoy

                            I was a bit skeptical about Monsters vs Aliens, in much the same way I'm skeptical about all Dreamworks films at the beginning, and this one kind of left me with a bit of an uncertainty about whether or not my skepticism was right or not.

                            The story begins with Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) about to be married to weatherman Derek, when out of the blue sky a meteor hits her (without injuring her) and disappears. She wakes up, dazed, and gets to the church in time for the ceremony. However, as they recite they vows, her hair turns white, and she starts growing. And growing, and growing, and then suddenly she's about 3 stories high. The government, having been informed of this meteor, rush in and capture her.

                            So she wakes up some time later in a large, cold metal room. But she's not alone. With her are four other "monsters", collected by the government: a scientist who turned himself into a cockroach a la "The Fly" (Hugh Laurie), a sea monster-man thing called the Missing Link (Will Arnett), a weird blue blob called Bob (Seth Rogen), as well a giant insect thing called the Insectosaurus. She gets told by the general (Kiefer Sutherland) that she'll never leave, and gets all sad. However, when a giant alien robot attacks the city, the monsters are told that they must help the city, in exchange for their freedom.

                            It's not a bad concept, and has a theme of alienation and tolerance which is put in in a fairly subtle way, and the jokes are definitely there and frequent, but unlike a few other Dreamworks ones (and most of the Pixar films), Monsters vs Aliens seems like it's only really for kids. Children's movies these days tend to make their films somewhat adult-orientated too, adding in small jokes that would normally fly above a young child's head -and I like this in children's films, but to me it seemed that Monsters vs Aliens didn't really have any of that. I think that's because it was made in conjunction with Nickelodeon, so the whole thing felt just a little bit too childish for me. Of course, it's not like the target audience will mind.

                            The film also has quite a large cast which as well as the ones I listed above, includes Paul Rudd, Stephen Colbert and Rainn Wilson. And as much as I like all of the actors, it makes me wonder why they did. I love Paul Rudd, and his comedy, and I think Keifer Sutherland is a great actor, but none of them has anything particularly distinct about their voices. I thought Seth Rogen as BOB was hilarious, though.

                            In the end, the film is good, but it's not great. I wouldn't rank it at the top with Shrek, but I wouldn't put it down by Shark Tale. It's very much in the middle. The story moves along at a decent pace, even if it is all ove the place, and the dialogue is quite funny - my personal favourites would have to be Seth Rogen's BOB and Stephen Cobert as the president of the United States.

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