Thursday 27 June 2013

Monsters University Movie Review!!!

Scary good or scary bad??? Read on to find out!

Yet another sequel to a movie that didn’t need one, yet another cash grab by Hollywood and, actually, yet another great movie from Disney & Pixar.

Twelve years since it was released, Monsters, Inc. is still revered as a Pixar classic along the likes of Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and the Toy Story series.  With Monsters University, Pixar once again proves that when it comes to CGI animated movies; it’s way ahead of the pack!

With a comfortable and highly satisfying conclusion to the original 2001 movie, Pixar rightfully decided to bring us somewhere we never thought we wanted to go, the university days of our favourite beloved monsters.

Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) is enrolling into university with dreams of becoming a great 'scarer', monsters that go out into the human world at night to make children scream while they sleep, screams that somehow provide energy for the world of the monsters. Remember the monsters that hid in your closet or under your bed when you were a kid, well it was these guys!  

It’s a highly respectable and highly competitive profession in the monsters world.  Mike knows it all; through hard work he’s learned all the scare tactics, different poses, different scenarios.  He’s read the scaring manual from cover to cover and knows it all off by heart.  But it’s one thing knowing the theory and quite another doing it in real life.  Enter James P. “Sully” Sullivan (John Goodman), son of a famous scarer, he has scaring in his veins, it comes naturally to him making him brash, arrogant and cocky.  He’s probably never touched a textbook in his life.  Suffice to say the two don’t get along.  So how do they end up being best friends?  Well, that’s for me to know and for you to find out.

It’s a nice story featuring characters that we already love.  The plot is simple, fairly predictable but nonetheless nice to watch.  It plays like your typical feel good American high-school flick, except with monsters instead of people.

The animation is excellent and we really expect nothing less from Pixar.  Try to get in early to catch the nice umbrella short movie before the feature starts.

At the end of the day, there isn’t a great deal to say about this film so I'm gonna keep this review short.  

I do recommend it.  It’s ‘nice’, passes the time for a few hours and gives the characters a nice backstory.   It’s unlikely to win any awards and isn’t as good as the original, but if you’re in the mood for some family fun with a few laughs here and there, then you really can’t go wrong with this.

Oh and it’s great hearing Castle (Nathan Fillion) voicing jock Johnny Worthington.  Thumbs up!!

Check it out!

Rating 3.5 out of 5.


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