Monsters vs. Aliens
Rated PG; Directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon; Voice talents of Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Seth Rogen, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Stephen Colbert, Rainn Wilson, Paul Rudd
Dreamworks’ latest animated adventure deftly maneuvers into that awkward space known as “great for kids and rather enjoyable for their parents.” With so many schlocky animated features and live-action movies aimed at kids, it is nice when a movie comes along that at least allows for a few belly laughs and lots of giggles for the entire audience.
Monsters vs. Aliens has an inspired concept: what if all those 1950s-style movie monsters existed in some governmental prison, and what if the only way to stop invading aliens were these top-secret monsters? The concept is often better than the actual film, but there is fun to be had in watching the homages to those earlier films. The monsters include the Missing Link (think of the Creature from the Black Lagoon), voiced by Will Arnett; a mad scientist named Dr. Cockroach (voice of Hugh Laurie), who even has the Vincent Price mustache; the gelatinous blue B.O.B. voiced by Seth Rogen; a giant grub-like Insectosaurus; and then there’s the new monster, Susan (Reese Witherspoon), a woman struck by a strange meteorite who has grown to almost 50 feet tall.
The movie offers some good action sequences, especially a battle with a giant alien robot on the Golden Gate Bridge. Offered in 3-D format in other places than Flagstaff, luckily the 3-D isn’t necessary to enjoy the movie. The animation is decent, the story okay (too much Susan and not enough of the other monsters), and the voice talents are wonderful — with Seth Rogen’s B.O.B. having the most fun. Monsters vs. Aliens is a silly film, perfect for the kids, and entertaining enough for the adults.