Directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon
Style: Film Review
Review originally written for FilmDaddy.com
It seems to me that in the past couple of years, Hollywood has been using the whole “3-D Experience” gimmick to make up for a string of mediocre films. Doesn’t matter what the plot is or who the characters are as long as there are plenty of airplanes, an occasional paddleball and plenty of exploding debris flying at your face the entire time. As far as I’m concerned, if you give me a compelling story with great characters regardless of the genre, two dimensions is just fine with me. In fact, it’s preferred. So, unfortunately, Hollywood’s streak of 3-D films does not end with the release of “Monsters vs. Aliens,” an all around boring film that will only entertain if you are under the age of six.
Now, I’m well aware just as I’m sure you are that “Monsters vs. Aliens” was in fact intended for a younger audience. But like great-animated movies that came before like Shrek and Toy Story, I was really hoping for that quick-witted, clever adult humor to be sprinkled in throughout the script. Don’t get me wrong; sure I chuckled every now and then. With the likes of Stephan Colbert, Rainn Wilson, Paul Rudd, and Will Arnett lending their voices to the film, how could I not? Even Seth Rogan, who in my opinion has gone from amusing to annoying in just a few short years, works well in this family setting. But overall the movie lacked that intelligent comedy that is suppose to keep the chaperoning parents engaged as well.
I was also very disappointed in the lack of creativity shown on the sides of the filmmakers. With a title like “Monsters vs. Aliens,” you would think these great visionary minds would have a field day. Instead you get only one alien to show up in the entire film whose only non-octopus attribute are his four eyes. A more correct title would have been Monsters vs. One Single Alien who Clones Himself.
All in all, the only reason I would suggest “Monsters vs. Aliens” is if you have young children or you’re dating a chick that has kids and you want to make a good impression with her. Otherwise, you’re not missing much by skipping it.