Monsters vs. Aliens
Monsters vs. Aliens is a 2009 American computer-animated science fiction comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was the first animated feature film to be directly produced in a stereoscopic 3-D format instead of being converted into 3-D after completion, which added $15 million to the film's budget. The film was directed by Conrad Vernon and Rob Letterman, and features the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Paul Rudd, and Stephen Colbert.
When a meteor full of space gunk transforms Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) into a giant, the government renames her Ginormica and confines her to a secret compound with other monsters, like bug-headed Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie). When an extraterrestrial robot lands on Earth and begins a rampage, Gen. W.R. Monger persuades the president to send Ginormica and her fellow monsters to battle the machine and save the planet.
Why It Rocks
- A concept of the monsters battling the aliens is a remarkable one.
- Despite its basic premise, it's interesting.
- Entertaining action scenes.
- Brilliant animation with good visual effects.
- Nice voice acting, most notably Hugh Laurie as Dr. Cockroach.
- Great character designs (despite not being perfect), especially on the monsters.
- The way how the president communicated with the alien (by playing Axel F on a keyboard) is cool.
- Gallaxhar is an amazing villain.
- Great humor.
- Amazing climax at the end.
- Greatly entertaining soundtrack.
- B.O.B. is really hilarious.
- Tons of likable characters, such as Susan, B.O.B., and many more.
- The monsters were all inspired by classic horror movie icons, B.O.B. was inspired by The Blob, Ginormica (Susan) was inspired by The Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, Dr. Cockroach was inspired by The Fly, Missing Link was inspired by The Creature From The Black Lagoon, and Insectosaurus was possibly inspired by Mothra as both have first attacked in Japan and can shoot silk at enemies, and Insectosaurus turns into a butterfly at the end just like how Mothra is (obviously) a moth.
- Just like Megamind and Mr. Peabody and Sherman, it's one of those criminally underrated DreamWorks movies.
- The backgrounds are very fitting.
- "That two timing jerk!"
- While good, the character designs are weaker when compared to other DreamWorks movies, as they tried to look more realistic but still with cartoony body proportions.
- Some scenes might be too frightening for a kids movie.
- General W.R. Monger while an awesome character, is underutilized, not getting enough screen-time with only 5 minutes.
- Gallaxhar's motivation and backstory is never reveal and played off as a joke (while funny), it can make him feel a bit one-dimensional.
- The worst part that the actor was ever do is Paul Raud (voiced of Derek Dietl), he supposed to be portray as likable guys, such as Ant-Man from the Ant-Man (2015 film).
- The show had an awful show made by Nickelodeon in 2013, that killed the franchise.
Based on 213 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, Monsters vs. Aliens has an overall approval rating from critics of 72% and an average score of 6.5/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "Though it doesn't approach the depth of the best animated films, Monsters Vs. Aliens has enough humor and special effects to entertain moviegoers of all ages". Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 56/100 based on 35 reviews.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 2.5/4 stars, saying, "I suppose kids will like this movie", though he "didn't find [it] rich with humor". Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four and wrote "WALL-E had more charm, more soul, more everything. But there's enough merry mischief here to satisfy, even if you’re way past puberty".