Monsters vs. Aliens

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Intro:

When a strange alien robot lands in San Francisco, it’s up to a top secret government organization to deploy its captured monsters to subdue the robot. It ends up being a shallow victory when the mother ship arrives with a full invasion force. So the question stands: Who will win in the ultimate battle-monsters, or aliens?

You’ll have to watch to find out!

Dialogue/Acting:

The character depth and voices were astounding for an animated film, and I think it helps the public opinion of animated features if big name celebrities lend their voices versus the traditional acting for a role.

As far as acting goes, the graphics and animation were fantastic, especially in Tru3D technology. Furthermore, the voices fit the style of the characters. There are a TON of big names in Monsters vs. Aliens: Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie (from HOUSE, M.D.), Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute from The Office), Stephen Colbert (of The Colbert Report), Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Renee Zellweger, and John Krasinski (Jim from The Office)

Plot:

It’s your standard alien invasion plot with a 50’s style and quirky characters. After all, the title of the movie is Monsters vs. Aliens, so what other movies have featured such a combination? A few Godzilla movies and AVP come to mind, but those aren’t particularly great movies, MUCH unlike Monsters vs. Aliens.

I thought it was greatly original even though it was an alien invasion – see kids? You can still make an original idea! I love originality, and creative borrowing of elements. (See more in the music section.)

Music:

Where would we be without Hans Zimmer? He has produced some of the best film scores ever. Period.

Another great bonus of Monsters vs. Aliens were the little cameos of other famous movies – the president’s encounter with the robot results in the communication sound from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, then the Vulcan greeting from Star Trek, and finally the playing of the ‘Axel F’ theme from Beverly Hills Cop. Another great cameo was that of the phrase ‘E.T. Go Home’ on the side of a rocket launched at the robot. A blast of the E.T. theme was also played during the scene.

I suppose that the music from Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. were a joke for Steven Spielberg, since he directed the two films and is an executive of Dreamworks.

Overview:

This is an outstanding animated film, and easily ranks up with classics from DreamWorks like Shrek and even Pixar creations. Animated films are getting better and better every year, and I personally enjoy a good animated film. The 3D graphics didn’t hurt either!

The movie entertains audience members of all ages, and I would be surprised if you don’t end up seeing this!

5/5 Reels
Platinum Squid Rating
You’re CRAZY if you don’t see this!

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