Friday, April 17, 2009

Monsters vs Aliens

Movie name: Monsters vs Aliens
Year of release: 2009
Director: Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Paul Rudd, Renee Zellweger, Jeffrey Tambor
Genre: Comedy, Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6

The new animated Dreamworks picture comes in the heels of the hugely successful "Kung Fu Panda", which was released in 2008. And this year, again as last, Pixar will release their yearly film/event, this year that task falling upon "Up". "Monsters vs. Aliens" follows the life of a young woman, about to be married, who is transformed into a giant when a meteor collides with Earth. She is captured by the government and placed in a special unit, alongside other "monsters". When an alien threat appears on the horizon, the government sends this group to thwart their plans. The group eventually finds the true meaning of friendship and of belonging, no matter how different you really are. As is tradition in the Dreamworks Animation releases, the animation is fantastic and the level of detail and eye candy quite impressive. Where Dreamworks falters, when compared to Pixar, is in the narrative behind their visuals. Monsters vs Aliens brings humor (as usual), and again some pop culture references that children may miss, but is nonetheless a good effort to join the impressive library of titles that the studio already has created.