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Monsters University: So well animated, it’s scary

 

 
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Release Date: June 21, 2013
 
Length: 110 minutes
 
Directing
7.5


 
Plot
6.0


 
Acting
8.0


 
Cinematography
10


 
Total Score
7.9
7.9/ 10


 

Whoa


Compelling and likable characters are immersed in a rich and detailed animated world.

No


The borrowed storyline may seem a little too familiar for adult moviegoers.


Bottom Line

Monsters University is the much-anticipated prequel to the beloved 2001 Pixar buddy comedy, Monsters, Inc. The film shows us how animated odd couple Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) first met while studying to pursue their lifelong ambitions: to be professional Scarers. Mike is a booksmart outcast who, after a particularly inspiring school fieldtrip, […]

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Posted June 24, 2013 by

 
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Monsters University is the much-anticipated prequel to the beloved 2001 Pixar buddy comedy, Monsters, Inc. The film shows us how animated odd couple Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) first met while studying to pursue their lifelong ambitions: to be professional Scarers. Mike is a booksmart outcast who, after a particularly inspiring school fieldtrip, focused all his energies on pursing a career of being that monster in the closet or the thing that goes bump in the night. Sully is a self-assured jock with plenty of natural talent, a great lineage and very little drive. The two take a fairly immediate dislike to one another and in the midst of their rivalry cause an accident that gets them expelled from their program by the very scary and tough-as-nails Dean Hardscrabble (Helen Mirren).

All seems lost when Mike finds a possible way back into the program, betting Hardscrabble that his team can win the annual Greek Scare Games.   He and Sully are forced to team up (with a band Oozma Kappa misfits) to compete.   Their collective talents, confidence and character are tested as they face a series of creative challenges.  The G-rated comedy gives more than a nod to earlier coming-of-age movies  that give rag-tag teams of underdogs a shot at glory like Animal House and Revenge of the Nerds (and even a little Harry Potter).

From extolling the virtues of teamwork to encouraging the appreciation of individual differences, there are a lot of life lessons packed into this 110-minute film, yet it manages to not to come off as didatic or heavy-handed. As always, the animation is gorgeous and detailed, creating a stunningly realistic and rich world. (There is one point where the bus pulls up and it almost looks like HD video rather than computer animation.) Did we need an origin story detailing how Mike met Sully? Probably not. Did we thoroughly enjoy revisiting these old friends? Most definitely.


Sam

 
Sam is live-music -loving vegetarian communications professional with an entertainment, travel and tourism background. A restless soul, Sam believes in getting out there and doing things because you only go around once but knows she could benefit from a little more sleep. Give her a reason to see a movie, catch a concert or explore a new destination at sam@whopperjaw.net.


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