Remember the first time you saw Shrek? This is that kind of treat. Dreamworks--who also put together our favorite Ogre films--did Monsters Vs. Aliens as a 3-D project. Most are two dimensions turned into three after the filming is completed. Both techniques boggle the mind--and are definitely the future of film--but the difference between the two is astonishing.
I have no clue why Monsters Vs. Aliens has a PG rating. There isn’t a kid of any age on this planet—or on the one the film’s villain Gallaxar blew up--that won’t think Monsters Vs. Aliens is the coolest ever.
Fear not. Take them. Kids will completely miss the couple of double-entendres mixed into a plot that pokes fun of a dozen sci-fi and horror films, the military, the government, politicians, the inhumanity of humanity--pick a topic, there’s a punch line.
Susan Murphy of Modesto, California is an ordinary young woman about to marry the self-absorbed TV weatherman of her dreams. Minutes before the wedding she’s clobbered by a meteorite.
It contains quantonium, an element that makes Susan grow to 49 feet, 11 inches. Now a freak of nature, Susan is whisked away by the federal government to a secret installation where other monsters are kept.
They are a super-scientist cockroach, the missing link from human and animal evolution, a 350-foot, nearly mindless insect and a blob of bicarbonate ostylezene benzoate--or B.O.B. for short.
When Gallaxar invades Earth to retrieve the substance that made Susan so tall, the monsters are asked to save the day.
Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Paul Rudd and Will Arnett provide the voices for the main characters. They have a blast with this material--especially Rogen whose obvious adlibs will have you howling. His character B.O.B. brags that he has no brain, “They’re overrated.” Too funny. And that’s just the start.
The 3-D effects are mind-boggling, the characters are kid-perfect, the humor slapsticky enough to tickle your kid’s ribs while you’re laughing off other body parts. Zinger after zinger after zinger are thrown at you so fast that you will be tempted head back to the box office, get right back into line and catch it a second time.
Did I make my point?
Original. Clever. Brilliant. Insert your own adjective here. Monsters Vs. Aliens is flat out the funniest flick of the year.
Rated PG for mature themes. It opens Friday, March 27 at the Carmike 12 and at Fairchild Cinemas 12.
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
5 stars/4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen4 stars / 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie. 3 stars / 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video. 2 stars / 1 star: Don't bother.0 stars: Speaks for itself