Monsters vs Aliens

10/04/2009

Nathan Fidler went to see Monsters vs Aliens


Monsters vs Aliens
Monsters vs Aliens

My frontal lobes ached after seeing this film in 3D, but without it I would never have gotten some 3D plastic glasses for my extra money spent!

Despite my own trouble with the 3D it didn’t seem to bother anyone else. This small issue aside, Monsters Vs Aliens was a decent animated romp. It’s not the next WALL-E or Toy Story but then in truth Dreamworks has never quite been able to match the work of Pixar.

In Dreamworks latest offering we are treated to the fight of the century between...you guessed it – Monsters and Aliens. Reese Witherspoon voices the central character of Susuan A.K.A Ginormica, changed dramatically after being hit by a meteorite. She is then is forced to fight off the invading alien Gallaxhar with help from a motley crew of weird but friendly monsters. Finally the west has produced a female heroine who isn’t dependent on a male in any way and who gains a personal strength through this. The rest of the film, however, is the usual kid’s animated fare though, with some great set pieces, a fairly amusing script, and witty references to classic science fiction from the 20th century. For children over the Easter period this will be the perfect film, but for the long haul and the older audience this film lacks something, something that Pixar has been able to get almost every time.

The difference isn’t in the quality of animation. Dreamworks manages to create cartoon goofiness combined with detail and intensity down perfectly, and (if your eyes can take it) the 3D really does give it that extra edge. It isn’t overused with obtrusive pop-out gimmicks every five seconds, but it creates a subtle and realistic depth to every scene. The difference isn’t the voice acting either. The stars were rolled here to great effect, including the men of the moment Seth Rogen (Superbad) and Hugh Laurie (House). It’s the heart and soul which is lacking in this film. I just couldn’t care enough about the fate of the earth or the plight of the Monsters, everything was solved easily and with little character development from anyone bar Susan.

It’s not my intention to paint this as a bad film, it just isn’t a classic; even with the added 3D experience it won’t set the world alight. But let’s face it - it’s better than another Shrek sequel!

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