Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) Movie Review

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Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

2009 | PG | Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy, Adventure, Family, Animation
94 minutes / 1h 34min

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Monsters vs. Aliens Plot Synopsis:

When a meteorite from outer space hits a young California woman named Susan Murphy and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years. As a last resort, under the guidance of General W.R. Monger, on a desperate order from The President, the motley crew of Monsters is called into action to combat the aliens and save the world from imminent destruction!

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) Review

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.

  • Monsters vs. Aliens Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 6.98
  • IMDB: 6.5
  • MetaCritic: 5.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.2

About Monsters vs. Aliens 2009

Title: Monsters vs. Aliens
Year: 2009
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy, Adventure, Family, Animation
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.49/5 stars from 131,391 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 131,391
MPAA Rating: PG
Monsters vs. Aliens Cast Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Mike Mitchell, Julie White, Paul Rudd, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, Hugh Laurie, Chris Miller, Renée Zellweger, Renée Zellweger, Rich Dietl, Latifa Ouaou, Conrad Vernon, Stephen Colbert, John Krasinski, Sean Bishop, Stephen Kearin, Rob Letterman, Tom McGrath, Kent Osborne, Geoffrey Pomeroy, David P. Smith, Lisa Stewart, David Koch, Amy Poehler, Ed Helms
Monsters vs. Aliens Writers: Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky, Rob Letterman
Monsters vs. Aliens Director: Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon
Box Office: $198,332,128
Production: Paramount/Dreamworks Animation
Language: English
Country: USA