Monsters vs Aliens has a typical B-movie title but is actually a high budget 3D-animation movie full of well known stars providing the voices. The movie’s main characters are based upon old fashioned monsters from movies 50’s movies; The Blob, The Fly, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, Godzilla and Attack Of The 50ft Woman. Depending on taste most of these movies are in my opinion outdated and thus hard to sit through. This was a time of course when the posters looked more realistic than the actual movie. So present day audiences get a quick history lesson created by state of the art technology.
Susan is the star of Monsters vs Aliens. On her wedding day she gets hit by a meteorite and at the altar starts growing until she is about 50ft. In comes the army to stop this monster and before she knows it she gets hauled off and is incarcerated. In her gigantic cell she meets her fellow inmates who, like her, do not fit in the average world. Somewhat of a State Home For The Ugly for those who have seen the pretty bad Garbage Pail Kids Movie. Her inmates are The Missing Link, an aquatic creature, B.O.B. a blob-like character who is clearly missing out on a pair of brains, Dr. Cockroach Ph.D. who is a scientist turned into a giant Cockroach and there’s is the giant Insectosaurus who is based upon Mothra from Godzilla. This place is a final destination for these characters until it turns out that the substance that made Susan into Ginormica is what the evil alien mastermind Gallaxhar is after. He sends out an enormous robot to retrieve her and so the monsters get called into action to do battle with the aliens.
The story is pretty straight forward and has its roots all those old monster movies. It serves a single purpose: to be funny, at which the movie succeeds. The makers put in some social commentary but that part never really convinces, mostly because it’s a standard morality tale. This movie was shot in 3D but I saw it in plain and simple 2D. There’s only one scene where I really felt that it was shot just to create an effect for the audience but other than that I never had the feeling looking at some artificial-like set-ups meant just for the effects.
Monsters vs Aliens is a fun battle and I actually enjoyed it more than other Dreamworks pictures like Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda. The jokes are plenty, as are the in-jokes. The voice casting is clever in being not too recognizing. Even Kiefer Sutherland, who you normally instantly recognizes, throws in an accent making it easier to see just the character on screen. The only one who you do immediately recognize is Seth Rogen as B.O.B. but luckily his character is so funny you don’t mind the actor being so recognizable as the character. Monsters vs Aliens is a fun movie and will be appreciated by people from all ages.