2 / 10
- Great visual effects.
- 3-D images were great, as you'll definitely get your money's worth if you're interested in seeing this in 3-D.
- Lousy story that reeks of little effort, and no originality.
- Bland generic characters
- Pacing felt extremely rushed, with hardly any development on some of the key characters.
- Jokes were either lame, or they were cringeworthy at best. Seriously, how is seeing a fat guy's a** crack funny? (shudders)
- While the PSA (public service announcement) about the environment was a nice thought, it's a shame it gets lost in a film that feels more like an elaborate toy commercial for five year olds than it does teaching kids about taking care of the environment.
"Monster Trucks" is nothing more than an elaborate toy commercial that will never be, while disguising itself as a PSA for the environment
"Monster Trucks" is arguably the most forgettable "E.T." rip off that I've ever seen. Not only does the film leave no cliche unturned, but it features bland forgettable characters. A lot of over the top acting that you'd see out of a damn Disney channel TV series, and a fairly generic plot that feels like it was written by a five year old. Look, I don't expect much from family comedies because most of them outright s*** anyway. However, I do expect to least see some likable characters, and some funny jokes. Unfortunately for "Monster Trucks", it features none of those things, which makes it arguably one of the most forgettable films of 2017.
The story is essentially a pro environmental PSA, where a group of greedy oil drillers discover a new species as they dig for more resources. They study it for a bit to find out what they are. One of them gets away, as it inevitably meets some loner kid, who's the stereotypical cool, yet silent, tough guy with daddy issues. He has a dorky a** best friend, who literally does whatever he says, and even tries to emulate him. And of course, you have the brainy hot girl, who practically throws herself at him, while he acts oblivious to her OBVIOUS feelings towards him. Seriously, she couldn't be more direct about how she felt about him unless she took off all her clothes, and said to him, "Do me." Apart from that, I don't see how anyone can be so freaking stupid not to notice a girl who throws herself at them this hard; unless they're either gay, or don't have a lot of experience with girls. Not that there's anything wrong with being gay of course. Just saying.
In fact, there's even a "joke" about it, where one person calls her his girlfriend, and his response was something like, "We're not dating...wait...are we?", while she overhears the conversation. Look, I'm not the world's biggest expert on women, nor would I ever make that claim. However, if you're that damn stupid not to know whether or not you're dating a girl that you constantly talk to, then chances are you might be the biggest moron on the planet. No offense.
Sadly though, that wasn't even the lamest joke of the movie, as there were plenty of other ones that were outright stupid. For example. The fat dorky best friend is shown working on a car, with his a** crack showing. The main hero and love interest get a good laugh over it, and we're supposed to find this humorous. Granted, if you're a five year old kid, then maybe seeing a dude's a** crack is funny, but when you're old enough to know better, then jokes like that seem gross and rather juvenile, at best.
Anyways, to make a long story short, the alien befriends the main hero, as it inevitably ends up taking refuge inside a monster truck. And since it eats nothing but oil, it becomes a literal monster truck. However, the greedy oil drillers don't want that thing to live, as they want to kill them all just to continue with their oil industry. And from there, the story turns into an epic adventure to help the little guy find his family, and go back home.
Obviously, "Monster Trucks" is nothing more than an elaborate metaphor for how the oil industry can hurt the environment. Unfortunately, it's executed so poorly that you'll barely even care about the message, when the film is over.
As I said before, I don't expect much from family comedies, but if you're going to make a generic film, then at least put some effort into it. The problem with "Monster Trucks" is that it feels like there was hardly any effort put into it. The pacing felt rushed; especially in regards to the relationship that the kid had with the girl. The characters were bland generic stereotypes. Granted, "Sing" had a lot of generic stereotypes as well, but you could at least tell there was some effort into trying to make each character sympathetic and likable. Here, it just feels like the director and writer just slapped together a bunch of corny a** crack jokes, while having a plot that talks down to it's audience half the time like they're idiots.
Apart from the special effects, I wouldn't recommend this film anyone. So unless you have kiddies that are begging you to take them to see this film, then I'd avoid this on altogether, and go see a real family movie that's worth your time.
© 2017 Steven Daniels