CGI animated movies are starting to come right off of an assembly line. It is almost like Pixar is really the only studio that takes the time to really develop a story for their amazing ideas. Other studios are hit or miss. They are coming up with some clever ideas, then just rushing it to theatres. Even great movies like “Shrek” are running out of steam by their third feature.
Monster’s Vs. Aliens has the potential to be a fun animated feature, and there are some moments that I found exciting or funny, but I still found the whole spectacle to be paper thin.
The story follows one of the most hapless and idiotic presidents in history, as he tries to thwart an alien invasion, by unleashing a rag tag group of monster’s as Earth’s defence. The monsters are a strange group, including a blue blob named bob (Seth Rogen), the missing link (Will Arnett), a giant cockroach (Hugh Laurie) and a furry bug the size of a building. They are joined by Susan (Reese Witherspoon), who was hit by a meteor just before her wedding, and transformed in to a 50 foot woman. Not a bad group, accept for Witherspoon, who I don’t think was born to do voice over. The problem is that the writers simply expect us to laugh because of the one trait that accompanies each monster. The characters really have no depth whatsoever. Now I realize that this is a cartoon but I mean, compare these characters to the likes of Shrek and Donkey, and you tell me which one is funnier.
The action comes fast and furious, never really stopping for anything other than a few jokes here and there. It is almost like a bad disaster movie done in animation. The alien’s invade with city destroying robots, which are spectacular to look at, and are engaged by the monsters. I will admit that the scene where the robot battles the giant moth thing on the Golden Gate bridge was pretty spectacular.
Little kids will probably enjoy this but I think that teens and adults will find it quite boring. I also found the 3D experience to be pale compared to the technology used for “Beowulf” and “The Polar Express”.