Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Monsters vs. Aliens - Movie Review

MONSTERS VS. ALIENS (***) - Starring the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, and Paul Rudd.

Took the family to this. We had free matinee tickets. The only thing that would have been was if we'd had free 3-D tickets, but I ain't complaining.

I was actually a little worried this would be like most other DreamWorks animated flicks where they insert dirty humor here and there, which made the Shrek movies progressively worse and helped sink Shark Tale, but there wasn't anything more vulgar than what the previews show.

This movie takes the sci-fi paranoia of the post-Roswell era, mixes in the military absurdism of Dr. Strangelove, and mixes it in with a crop of lovable weird characters, and it results in a decent if not disposable little $150 million movie.

Most of the laughs come from B.O.B., the blue blob voiced by Seth Rogen. The lead though is Susan, an idealistic bride-to-be who has a radioactive meteor land on her on her wedding day. Her fiance freaks out at her fifty-footness, while war honcho General W.R. Monger (get it? get it?!) dubs her a monster that must be locked away to keep citizens safe. In the safe confines of Area 51, she befriends B.O.B., Dr. Cockroach (a mad scientist with the head of a cockroach), the Missing Link (a 20,000 year-old fishman), and Insectisaurus, a 350-foot tall insect-grub thing.

They are promised their freedom when aliens invade and threatens to eliminate the human race. So if you looked at the title and thought it was based on the lost seventh Jane Austen novel, your thought process maddens but intrigues me.

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