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What The Flagnon!..Monsters Vs Aliens Is A Suprisingly Good Film
Monsters vs Aliens (DVD)
Member Name: cath_del
Monsters vs Aliens (DVD)
Advantages: Wacky characters, great animation, plot never gets boring, fun for everyone
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!
Summary: Highly recommended animated film