Monsters Vs. Aliens

 (2,037)6.41 h 34 min2009X-RayPG
The world’s most unlikely heroes are on a mission to save the Earth in DreamWorks Animation’s MONSTERS VS. ALIENS. Ginormica, Dr. Cockroach Ph.D, The Missing Link, Insectosaurous and B.O.B. join forces to fight back when aliens attack.
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ErinReviewed in the United States on October 5, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars1950s gender stereotypes. PASS
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HOW DID THIS GET MADE?! Opens with woman getting married and basing her entire future on her husband's career. She gets struck by a meteor and becomes a huge monster with massive strength. Her response? "Now I can open any jar in the world!". As aliens attack, white men are in charge, level-headed, and brave. Women just keep screaming and screaming and screaming and running away. Giant woman monster finds her fiance and he can't handle being with a powerful woman and leaves her. Later the evil alien tells her "she really gets around". She "discovers her strength" away from a man. News flash: it's 2019 and women don't think this way anymore. UGHHHHHHH. Seth Rogan jello monster is funny though.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 4, 2020
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat cartoon spoof of 50-60s monster movies
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Monsters Vs Aliens was another great Dreamworks production. It begins with aliens landing in California and the government creating a team of monsters to fight them. The movie is obviously a take-off of the horror movies of the 1950s-60s that were full of such stories. It has an added element as well, which stems from the monsters all being outcasts. By joining together to fight for the Earth they find value and self-worth.

An example of how the movie is an ode to movies of yesteryear the main character Susan is a takeoff of the 50 Foot Woman. She gets hit by an asteroid and on her wedding day grows to enormous size. She’s captured by the government and sent to a super, secret base with other monsters they collected over time. Likewise The Missing Link is from the Creature From The Black Lagoon, Dr. Cockroach is a take of The Fly, B.O.B. was derived from The Blob, and Insectosaurus was from Mothra.

Of course this is not a serious monster movie but a play on it full of jokes and comedic moments. Susan also highlights how the characters transform themselves. At first she lives for her fiance’s career. By the end she embraces her size and powers.

If you like any of Dreamworks other cartoon movies you will enjoy Monsters vs Aliens.
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Raisuli the MagnificentReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2019
2.0 out of 5 starsMom empowerment film
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I'm not the target audience for this film, and however charming it comes across, it's still pretty formulaic, and in this way fairly insulting. Mom gets the fifty-foot woman treatment, who is then induced into a struggle she didn't want and isn't much prepared for.

How about letting dad get the gigantism treatment, or junior, or sis, or Fido?

To me this film smacks of "Mars needs moms", just with a slightly different story to it. As a Bay Area denizen it was kind of neat seeing the SF Bay Area getting to star as a backdrop once more. Toss in Modesto, Fresno, and maybe even Lodi and the state capitol or Sacramento, and you got my childhood and university years all wrapped up.

It's a witty film, but it's predictable to a fault. Mom gets zapped into monster funkyness, and gets paired up with unlikely critters to save the world. The truth is your average "love America" mom would probably get recruited by the NSA and teamed up with crazy smart and strong people who were also recruited by the feds to tackle some threat. That's the allegory.

Does it work? I'm not so sure. I can't remember the last time I saw a tall handsome strong dude get to be the hero. What, no since the 1950s or something. That's an important observation because those people exist, usually in the form of fire fighters or law enforcement. To me the "unlikely hero" is so cliché as to be insulting and expectant. "Wow, I bet you never guessed MOM would be the hero … HUH?!?!" Well, yeah, I did.

Still, for all that, it has a kind of charm to it, but I'm just burnt out on empowerment of women themes and unlikely hero themes being shoe horned into CGI extravaganzas. So much so that I simply can't take it anymore. Ergo, I do not recommend this film.

I would give it one star, but like so much "empower females and unlikely hero" movies, it is technically competent, even if the toll booth at the SF End of the Golden Gate wasn't rendered … at least Market, Kearny, Geary and Van Ness got some cameos.

If I see one more "mom's the hero, nerd, geeks and oddballs unite!" film, I'll puke my guts out.

There are better movies out there.
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Sony_XLReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsbetter than you thought
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This was a pleasant surprise: a nice, feel-good film that is pretty innocent and sports the usual beautiful Dreamworks art. The artwork and colors are magnificent. I say "surprise" because it did not get great reviews. Thus, I wasn't expecting the quality film I got.

The good guys - the "monsters" are typically-likable as you see in other animated films of today. They are pretty funny, too, diverse "monsters" like "Dr. Cockroach, B.O.B and The Missing Link. They, along with "Ginormica," who does her impression of the 1950s sci-fi character, "The F-Foot Woman," are appealing and fun to watch.

I'm tempted to describe this movie as "innocent," because it's such a nice story that doesn't have all the innuendos some other animated films have, yet still will make most adults laugh in many spots because there is some good humor that kids wouldn't get. "Monsters Versus Aliens" shows one doesn't need "edginess" in every movie to have adults enjoy the kids' film, too.

Chances are you'll find this movie a lot better than you thought. Give it a shot.
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Ashley AvraReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsLove it!
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I have loved this movie since it came out, I had to upgrade our dvd to a bluray and the quality is worth it. This was meant to be a 3D movie also when it was in theaters. Still one of my favorite movies on replay at home with my daughter.
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pennameReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2016
3.0 out of 5 starsDecent animated action comedy for the family
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Quick Synopsis: Susan is set to be married to Derek when she is hit by a space meteor that transforms her with super strength and size. She gets whisked away by the special U.S. forces to be detained at a secret facility with other monsters danger to society. An evil alien looking to find the meteor that hit Susan coverages on earth and the monsters are forced into action to spot him.

Acting wise, I adored Reese Witherspoon (Susan) and Seth Rogan (Bob). I though they were perfect in their roles. I thought Raine Wilson (Galentor sp? evil alien) was ok, He came off as a generic cartoon bad guy for the most part.

The movie is decent. The visuals look amazing. They did a great job in the edit room. The script and film design is obviously for the whole family as there are comedy bits for kids and some for adults. Seth Rogan (Bob) was funny I enjoyed when his character was on screen. Otherwise it's a pretty predictable comedy action. It's not a bad movie but it's not one I am so in love with I'm going to desire to watch again.
10 people found this helpful
N. FranklinReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsNot quite Pixar quality, but the 3D looks great!
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This movie is from DreamWorks Animation so it's not as classy or polished as a Pixar movie but is definitely entertaining and the 3D is very strong. Not surprisingly there is some sophomoric humor from the mouth of Seth Rogan as the dim-witted BOB character. Overall there's nothing terribly offensive though, and the story moves along at a good pace. This is one of the earlier 3D movies of the 21st century 3D revival, but in some ways the 3D is better than many later entries. It's well planned and really pops nicely, so this is highly recommended for fans of 3D.
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Michael CastReviewed in the United States on February 11, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsMonsters vs. Aliens should have done better at box office!
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I can't believe that this great DREAMWORKS animation didn't do better at the box office! I love DREAMWORKS stuff (PENGUINS of Madagascar, Shrek, etc.) And talk about star power! Jeez, ya got Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogan (who is hilarious as B.O.B.) Kiefer Sutherland, Stephen Colbert, and other heavy hitters doing the voices. Here's a summary: Susan, is a bride to be, but on the big day she gets smashed by a meteorite that changes her into The Fifty Foot Woman. Soon she is captured and placed with other "monsters" that are being confined in a top secret installation. It looks like poor Susan and her fellow monsters will spend their lives as prisoners. ...until an alien probe sent by the evil "Galaxar" lands and starts to tear Fresno California to pieces. The government decides to pit their monsters against the alien invasion. The ensuing battle is entertaining. It's heroic! It doesn't matter what age you are, this is a cool vid. I loved it.

This is a very funny video. Seth Rogan's signature laugh is contagious. Everyone will love this DreamWorks picture. Looking forward to a part two.
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