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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Monsters vs. Aliens 3D

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A young woman (Reese Witherspoon) gets hit by a meteor on her wedding day, and suddenly becomes the 50 foot woman. Now she must save the world from an alien attack.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Who isn't? Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Paul Rudd, Julie White, Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Poehler, Ed Helms, plus Renee Zellweger and John Krasinski in parts so small, I don't even remember who they were! Can anyone tell me who the characters named Katie and Cuthbert were?

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. Although it is entertaining and without flaws, this alien invasion will not blow you away.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Seth Rogen is in it.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: Before the wedding there's a touching moment where the main character's father cries a little at the thought of having to give her away. It reminds me that this is the perfect opportunity to say, "I love you, Dad!"

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Well it's not Pixar, which naturally reduces its chances of winning an Oscar in the animation category to zero, but considering it made almost $60 million on its opening weekend, it's certainly good for a nomination.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: I was impressed at how many of the actors managed to make their voices unrecognizable by using unlikely accents to portray their characters. Among them, Rainn Wilson doing an evil British accent, Kiefer Sutherland doing a militant southern accent, and Amy Poehler doing a computer.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: I sprung for the 3D version, and I have to say there aren't nearly enough 3D effects to justify the extra $3.50. I counted only 5 moments where they really took advantage of the medium, and 2 of them were in the first minute of the movie.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: The story is fine, but I think it's high time we get clear on what officially qualifies as a "Monster." Because while they are certainly freaks of nature, from what I can see each of them is a person or thing that got in a freak accident that caused them a mutation, which gave them superhuman powers, thereby propelling them into a life of fighting crime. And in our culture, that's the definition of a "Superhero."

Q: Where can I see the trailer?


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Anonymous said...

"Can anyone tell me who the characters named Katie and Cuthbert were?"

They were the couple at the beginning who were in the car and discover the robot crashing to the ground. Cuthbert twisted his ankle after running after Katie who was checking out what crashed to the ground.

Monique Elisabeth said...

Thank you so much!!! I was at a complete loss. Very good call.

Farzan said...

I wanted to see this movie when I first saw the trailer for it, but the recent mixed reviews kind of scared me right off. Good review and I'm glad I don't have to spend money to see the 3D version considering that was my first choice.

Anonymous said...

You mean the blue alien doesn't show off his front side?

Monique Elisabeth said...

Actually, the blue alien is completely naked in the entire movie. Except he is officially considered a "monster", and has no limbs, members, or organs of any kind, besides eyes.