Sunday, April 19, 2009

Monsters vs Aliens - A Must See

From the same people who brought us Shrek, DreamWorks Animation and Paramount Pictures does it again.

Monsters vs Aliens is a fun, fast-paced adventure that's sure to have the kids hanging on to the edge of their seats and laughing in the aisles. But don't worry Mom and Dad, this animated flik is also sophisticated enough to keep you entertained as well. Monsters vs Aliens is a tribute to the old B-movies of the fifties and sixties, poking fun at a similar cast of characters.

Susan Murphy
(Reese Witherspoon) is hit by a radioactive meteor on the day she's to get married. She absorbs a vast amount of "quantonium" and begins to grow. She grows so big that she not only busts through the roof of the church, but the Army in called in to capture her. She's then put into a 'top-secret' facility and renamed Ginormica. Here she meets the other monsters. B.O.B (Seth Rogan) is a gelatinous, one-eyed, not-too-smart, blue blob. Dr Cockroach Ph.D (Hugh Laurie) is the stereo-typical 'mad scientist.' The Missing Link, played by Will Arnett is a half fish, half ape, big hearted character. And for all those dinosaur loving kids, there's even Insectosaurus, a huge, over grown slug.

Doomed to be a prisoner, Susan as no other choice but to get to know her cell mates. Little does she know, her body is emanating huge amounts of the quantonium radiation, which triggers an alert to Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson), a power hungry, four-eyed, tentacled, alien being, with a short temper. Gallaxhar deploys a huge robot to invade earth to find the source of the quantonium. But when the bumbling President of the United States (Stephen Collin) makes first contact with the alien robot, his humorous attempt at friendship backfires. With no other choice left, the monsters are released and this misunderstood motley crew must fight to save the city and their very own lives.

Sound like fun? Want more? You can also see this movie in 3D with the new and improved 3D glasses. Just like the animation, even these have come a long way. Remember the old 3D glasses- those flimsy cardboard things, with a red "lens"on one side and green on the other? Well no more. These are actually made of sturdy, black plastic and look more like sunglasses. However, be prepared, as our local theatre is asking for them back and I imagine due to the cost of making these jazzy-glasses, all movie outlets will be doing the same.

As fun as this movie is, it tends to be a bit scary and intense in places, so I wouldn't recommend it for kids under five. But all and all it was a hilarious and enjoyable picture.

I give it a 4.5 out of 5

See you next week...Sandie Lee :)

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