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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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.
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. C
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2019
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.
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2016
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.
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2019
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.
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.
A CGI cartoon movie that is both a spoof of and an affectionate homage to B-picture monster movies from the 1950's.
Susan is just an ordinary lady, and she is about to marry Derek, an upwardly mobile tv presenter. But on her wedding day a meteor strike turns her hair white and makes her very very tall indeed.
Captured by the military and rechristened Ginormica, she finds herself in a holding facility with other monsters rounded up by the army over the years. Mad scientist and human mind in indestructible body Dr. Cockroach, gelatinous blob B.O.B. and creature from the black lagoon style monster link. Plus the giant insect insectasaurus.
Seemingly destined to be locked away for the rest of her life and to never get things back to the way they were, her life is changed forever when the owners of the meteor come looking for it. Who can save the human race from alien attack? The monsters can.
Adopting an interestingly angular style of animation this takes a few minutes to get used to, and then there's a fair bit of exposition and character introduction to get through first. But suddenly about twenty minutes in, when all that is out of the way and the first of several very well executed and designed action sequences takes place, this becomes very watchable indeed. Now that you're used to the characters all the humour - which comes out of character interaction and behaviour rather than random gags - becomes very funny and the pace of it never lets us up. Added to which there's a fairly decent story which provides a good amount of eye catching spectacle along the way.
The obvious 'just be yourself' message is fine, and it's never hammered home. Once you get into this it becomes a thoroughly entertaining romp.
And keep watching during the end credits for one extra scene.
This is the single disc dvd edition.
Languages and subtitles are as follows:
Modern monster movie making: a seventeen minute long making of feature with shots of the production and interviews with cast and crew. An entertaining watch and some interesting technical stuff about 3D in there. Along with some very brief flashing images so epileptics be careful.
The tech of monsters vs aliens: a seven minute long feature about the computers and computer programmes used in the animation. Which praises them so much it could be seen as blatant product placement, no matter how worthy the sentiments.
Three deleted scenes that run for five minutes all in all, and can be watched all in a row or one at a time. The first two are storyboards only and not animated but the last one is, although they all have a finished soundtrack. The first does fill in one minor plot detail that wasn't in the final cut of the film, and the other two are pretty good.
A commentary from the filmmakers.
Dreamworks animation video jukebox: songs from other movies from the production company that can be watched in a row or all together.
And on the main menu of the disc moving the down key on the dvd remote control will bring the cursor atop a part of the screen that says DO NOT PRESS and light up a new icon. Clicking on that will play a small batch of trailers. All of which are by now a bit out of date.
After purchasing this film and watching it I must say that I enjoyed this film very much, there are numerous types of humour; sarcasm, wisecracks, etc. which makes it a great family movie. I especially like the keyboard reference to Close Encounters of the Third Kind played by the president at the start, including the bum note.