Monsters Vs. Aliens (2009)

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★★★★

Mutant and Proud

Directed by: Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon
Written by: Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogan and Stephen Colbert

While B grade horror sci-fis would have us running and screaming for our lives when gruesome and utterly bizarre monsters terrorize our beaches, cities, and even the entire planet, Dreamworks’ Monsters Vs. Aliens brings out the humour and fun that lurks beneath. Full of action, heart and eccentric characters, Monsters Vs. Aliens is one of those mass-reaching animations that try to satisfy all ages.

Meeting the family

When Susan (Witherspoon) is hit by a meteroite on her wedding day, she survives the hit but ends up growing to a gargantuan size (50 foot woman, anyone?) that classifies her as a part of the U.S. military’s secret team of monsters. As the very substance that made Susan huge belongs to an evil alien mastermind, determined to retrieve it and take over Earth, Susan and her new monster friends must join forces and stop him without letting Susan lose her powers.

Behind the unreal monster features and outlandish action – including a large scale fight over the San Francisco bridge and a potential nuclear missile launch by the President of the United States – the monsters and Susan’s own story of discovery and change are very human. While Susan’s height certainly changes as a result of the meteorite hit, her relationship with self-obsessed weatherman fiance, Derek (Paul Rudd), also changes as she learns to find an inner strength that has nothing to do with her size – making her an awesome heroine in the midst of male heroes who dominate similar animations.

Despite the straightforward plot and the main appeal to children, Monsters Vs. Aliens is an enjoyable film that goes the extra mile to entertain adults alike with uplifting character transformation and harmless, silly humor.

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