Dreamworks Sinks: Monsters vs Aliens

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Monsters vs Aliens (209)

Released: March 27th, 2009

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure  Comedy

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Rainn Wilson,  Seth Rogen, Stephen Colbert, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler

Opening Thoughts

Expectations can kill a film and this is a perfect example.  I saw the trailers for this film. It looked outstanding, filled with humor, action, heart. Not to mention monsters vs aliens.  How could it go wrong?  I was crushed when this film failed to deliver on all my expectations.  However, was it a complete waste? Let’s find out.

Plot:

A woman is transformed into a giant after struck by a meteorite. She becomes part of a team of monsters sent to defeat an alien mastermind, Gallaxhar who is trying to take over Earth.

Dislikes

The only character I actually enjoyed was  Susan Murphy (the giant woman). The rest were one-dimensional support figures that I found irritating and disappointing.

I’m not going to bash the humor too much, because at times it does work.  However, there are moments that the timing of jokes was off and it left me shrugging.  Some of the jokes were unusual in nature as well.

The film attempts to develop some depth and there is some success with Susan, but the rest of the characters are one-dimensional.  Even with Susan, there was a lot they could have used given the circumstances and they didn’t dive fully into that in the way they could have. It would have made this movie in something more than mediocre.

I don’t like how this style of animation makes humans look. I feel like the technology isn’t quite there with this film.  I think the humans look strange in this film (Am I the only one?)

Likes:

The best aspect of this film is the outlandish humor. There are numerous references to another alien/monster films I appreciate.  There are several antiquated gender roles that are reversed. Partly with the headstrong, adventure women, and the more paranoid, squeamish men.

Susan is a neat character, the only human figure that gets any depth to their story.  She has an interesting arc.  It becomes a movie about respecting yourself, but also dealing with the circumstances that you’re given and finding a way to make them work for you.

The animation and action sequences are funto watch.

Conclusion:

Monsters vs Aliens is not a terrible film, but it leaves me underwhelmed. There was a lot of potential here that never came together. There are a lot of gags and shout-outs to other films you can enjoy. In the end, this is one of Dreamsworks lesser animated films.

The Animated Ladder

Princess Mononoke (1997) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/animation-international-princess-mononoke-1997/

The Lion King (1994)- https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/disney-renaissance-the-lion-king-1994/

Toy Story (1995)- https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/08/one-ring-to-rule-them-all-i-meanpixar-toy-story-1995/

The Incredibles (2004) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/pixar-works-magic-yet-again-the-incredibles-2004/https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/pixar-works-magic-yet-again-the-incredibles-2004/

The Iron Giant (1999) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/20/the-forgotten-one-the-iron-giant/

Spirited Away (2001) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/06/23/animation-international-a-spirited-away/

Finding Nemo (2003) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/13/pixar-reigns-supreme-finding-nemo-2003/

Mulan (1998)  https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/disney-renaissance-mulan-1998/

Beauty and the Beast (1991) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/animation-renassisance-beauty-and-the-beast-1991/

The Little Mermaid (1989) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/animation-renaissance-the-little-mermaid-1989/

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/beyond-disney-batman-mask-of-the-phantasm/

Kung Fu Panda (2008) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/dreamsworks-rises-kung-fu-panda2008-animation-meets-action/https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/dreamsworks-rises-kung-fu-panda2008-animation-meets-action/

Akira (1988) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/05/animation-throwback-akira-1988/

Monsters Inc. (2001) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/pixar-reigns-supreme-monsters-inc-2001/

Ratatouille (2007) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/pixar-finds-treasure-amidst-the-trash-ratatouille-2007/

Aladdin (1992) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/03/25/disney-renaissance-aladdin-1992/

Toy Story 2 (1999) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/27/pixar-rebounds-toy-story-2-1999/

The Brave Little Toaster (1987) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/animation-revival-the-brave-little-toaster-1987/

The Simpsons Movie (2007) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/09/the-simpsons-movie-finally-arrives-and-it-doesnt-actually-suck/

Shrek 2 (2004) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/21/dreamworks-sticks-the-landing-shrek-2/https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/21/dreamworks-sticks-the-landing-shrek-2/

Surf’s Up (2007) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/12/the-better-penguin-movie-surfs-up-2007/

Shrek (2001) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/dreamworks-genesis-the-road-to-el-dorado-2000/

The Jungle Book (1967) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/the-rewind-the-1960s-disneys-the-jungle-book-1967/

The Secret of NIMH (1982) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/animation-revival-beyond-disney-the-secret-of-nimh/

The Incredibles 2 (2018)   https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/21/pixar-victory-lap-continues-the-incredibles-2-2018/

Prince of Egypt (1998) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/dreamworks-animation-genesis-the-prince-of-egypt-1998/

My Neighbor Totoro (1988) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/03/08/animation-international-my-neighbor-totoro-1988/

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)  https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/14/animation-international-howls-moving-castle-2004/

Mary and Max (2009) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/12/outside-the-box-mary-and-max-2009/

Wall-E (2008) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/pixar-continues-to-innovate-wall-e-2008/

The Corpse Bride (2005) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/tim-burton-strikes-again-corpse-bride-2005/

Robots (2005) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/blue-sky-aims-high-but-swings-low-robots-2005/

Ice Age (2002) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/06/18/blue-sky-emerges-ice-age-2002/

South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut (1999) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/beyond-disneysouth-park-bigger-longer-and-uncut-1999/

Castle in the Sky (1986) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/03/02/animation-internationalcastle-in-the-sky/

Emperor’s New Groove (2000) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/disney-in-limbo-emperors-new-groove-2000/

Antz (1998) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/dreamworks-animation-genisis-antz-1998/

A Bug’s Life (1998) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/pixars-sophmore-slump-a-bugs-life-1998/

Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1992) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/beyond-disney-fern-gully-the-last-rainforest-1992/

Bambi (1942) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2017/12/23/animation-genisis-bambi-1942/

The Land Before Time (1988) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/02/14/animation-revival-beyond-disney-the-land-before-time-1988/

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/animation-international-kikis-delivery-service-1989/

101 Dalmatians (1961) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/animationevolution-101-dalmations-1961/

Bolt (2008) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/disney-revival-bolt-2008/

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Ponyo (2009) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/animation-international-ponyo-2008/

Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/disney-renaisance-hunchback-of-notre-dame-1996/

Pinocchio (1940) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/animation-genesis-pinocchio/

Tarzan (1999) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/27/the-grand-finale-of-the-disney-renaissance-tarzan/

The Road to El Dorado (2000) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/dreamworks-genesis-the-road-to-el-dorado-2000/

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/02/25/animation-international-1984-nausicaa-of-the-valley-of-the-wind/

An American Tail (1986) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/animation-revival-beyond-disney-an-american-tail-1986/

The Last Unicorn (1982) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/animation-revival-beyond-disney-the-last-unicorn/

Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/31/wallace-and-gromit-curse-of-the-were-rabbit/

Hercules (1997) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/disney-renaissance-hercules-1997/

Horton Hears a Who (2008) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/04/a-forgotten-animated-film-horton-hears-a-who-2008/

Chicken Run (2000) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/dreamworks-genesis-chicken-run-2000/

Monster House (2006)

Flushed Away (2006)

Cats Don’t Dance (1997) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/beyond-disney-cats-dont-dance-1997/

Over the Hedge (2006)

Pocahontas (1995) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/05/disney-renaissance-pocahantos/

Robin Hood (1973) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/01/06/animation-desolation-robin-hood-1973/

A Goofy Movie (1995) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/the-disney-renaissance-a-goofy-movie-1995/

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs/

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/teen-titans-go-to-the-movies-is-dc-at-its-finest-wait-wait-i-meant-funniest/

Happy Feet (2006) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/29/singing-and-dancing-penguins-with-purpose-happy-feet-2006/

Cinderella (1950)- https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/cinderella-1950/

Madagascar (2005) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/20/dreamworks-scores-big-by-sinking-low-with-madagascar/

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2000)- https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/disney-in-limbo-atlantis-the-lost-empire-2000/https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/disney-in-limbo-atlantis-the-lost-empire-2000/

Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

Meet the Robinsons (2007)

Curious George (2006)

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

Titan A. E. (2000) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/swan-song-for-don-bluth-titan-a-e/

Rescuers Down Under (1990)- No link.

Lady and the Tramp (1955) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2017/12/30/animation-evolution-lady-and-the-tramp-1955/

Shark Tale (2004) NA

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)  NA

Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) NA

Brother Bear (2003) NA

Hoodwinked (2005) NA

Anastasia (1997) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/12/the-return-of-don-bluth-anastasia-1997/

Treasure Island (2002 ) No Link

Sword in the Stone (1963) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/rewind-1960s-sword-in-the-stone-1963/

Fox and the Hound (1981) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/animation-desolation/

The Black Cauldron (1985) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/01/20/animation-desolation-the-black-cauldron-1985/

Alice in Wonderland (1951) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/classic-review-alice-in-wonderland-1951/

The Great Mouse Detective (1986) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/animation-desolation-the-great-mouse-detective/

The Rescuers (1977) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/01/07/animation-desolation-the-rescuers/

The Polar Express (2004) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/a-long-slow-ride-to-hell-on-the-polar-express-2004/

The Sleeping Beauty (1959)-https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/animation-evolution-sleeping-beauty-1959/

Dumbo (1941)- https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/animation-genesis-dumbo-1941/

The Aristocats (1970)-https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/01/05/animation-desolation-the-aristocats/

Peter Pan (1953)-https://andrewthewordpress.com/2017/12/29/animation-evolution-peter-pan-1953/

The Swan Princess (1994) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/beyond-disney-swan-princess-1994/

Home on the Range (2004)

 

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