Monsters vs Aliens

October 1st, 2009 DVD Reviews, Film, Xpress

It would have been a great proposition for Dreamworks — hire screenwriters and directors we’ve never heard of (ie cheap ones), voice actors who aren’t quite all A list (therefore cheap) and take advantage of the new 3D technology finding its way into cinemas.

So little money needed to be spent on a script other than a basic premise and a few passes for gags, and it looks like that’s what happened as mild mannered Susan (Witherspoon) is hit by a meteor right before her wedding, grows to be 50 foot tall and is immediately taken prisoner by the US government.

Finding herself imprisoned with other monsters, her new life is as a top secret government project. But when aliens attack Earth, the only chance the army has is to unleash the monsters on them, giving them their first taste of freedom and giving Susan the family she never knew she had (belonging, etc, etc).

The computer graphics are astounding and hint at the promise much better scripts will deliver to the cinema-going experience, but the characters aren’t distinctive enough. There isn’t enough of a difference between the monsters and aliens and monsters more like those from Pixar’s Monsters Inc world or at least some of the more iconic ones like the Wolf Man, Dracula, etc (all probably impossible because of copyright issues) would make more impact.

A few funny jokes round out a so-so kids movie that needed more to stand out from an increasingly large crowd. For the littlies, there’s an extra disc with a short about Seth Rogen’s character (the gelatinous Bob) and loads of extras.


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