Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) Movie Review


Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

2009 | PG | Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy, Adventure, Animation, Family
94 minutes /

User Score: 80/100

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Monsters vs. Aliens Review


A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth.

DreamWorks Animation delivered another modern wonder for my Halloween family entertainment in Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) which is co-directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon. The monsters (The Blob, The Fly (the Vincent Price original), the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman) join to defend Earth against an alien mastermind. Amazing is the estimated budget for this animated film was $175 million turning an estimated $198 million gross at the US box office. This movie draws many references from classic sci-fi films with the monsters referenced above, but did you also know; there is a scene that seems to make no sense but in fact, references Steven Spielberg‘s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).

Monsters vs. Aliens starts with Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon - Devil’s Knot (2013), Mud (2012)) on her wedding day becoming the victim of a mutation from a radioactive meteorite resulting in her growing to a huge size. Susan Murphy is then nicknamed Ginormica. No longer normal, she is grouped with monsters who are held as a special task force against dangers that are otherwise hard to stop. The alien mastermind sends a robot to destroy the Earth. The shadowy Men in Black type government agency promises the monsters their freedom if they save the Earth.

Monsters vs. Aliens springboards from one action scene to the next which makes it very exciting and low on the dull radar. The story is very simple, and the film is filled with gag humor. I for one can watch this film with my children and still laugh at the same funny scenes over and over again. The entire cast did an excellent job with their performances. The graphics are on par with The Incredibles (2004) but fit the film well. Watch this movie at least once and enjoy.

About Monsters vs. Aliens 2009

Title: Monsters vs. Aliens
Original Title: Monsters vs. Aliens: A Monstrous IMAX 3D Experience
Year: 2009
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy, Adventure, Animation, Family
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
MPAA Rating: PG
Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Mike Mitchell, Julie White, Paul Rudd, Jeffrey Tambor, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Chris Miller, Renée Zellweger, Rich Dietl, Latifa Ouaou, Conrad Vernon, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Ed Helms, John Krasinski, Sean Bishop, Stephen Kearin, Rob Letterman, Tom McGrath, Kent Osborne, Geoffrey Pomeroy, David P. Smith, Lisa Stewart, David Koch
Writers: Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky, Rob Letterman, Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Conrad Vernon
Director: Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon

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