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Monsters Vs Aliens
Monsters Vs. Aliens Poll
If you could be either a monster or an alien, what would you be? If you say Monster, please list what type of monster would you be down in comments. Thank you.
The Ultimate Battle of 1950s freaks and weirdos has begun in our modern era
Does anyone remember those old 1950's B-Movies where there was a bunch of cheap special effects and cheesy story lines? Yet no matter how notoriously bad they were, you and your friends just couldn't get enough of them anyway. Well try to imagine those same monsters you saw fighting a group of aliens, in our time, and in 3-D. That pretty much sums up the concept of "Monsters vs. Aliens", as this film pokes fun at a lot of the old fifties B-Movies; only with much better special effects this time around. Featuring the voices of Reese Witherspoon (Susan Murphy/Ginormica), Seth Rogen (B.O.B.), Hugh Laurie (Dr. Cockroach Ph. D.), Will Arnet (The Missing Link), Kiefer Sutherland (General W.R. Monger), Rainn Wilson (Gallaxhar), Stephen Colbert (President Hathaway), Paul Rudd (Derek Dietl), Renee Zellweger (Katie), and many others. The animated visuals are amazing to say the least and the story, although cliched and predictable, still manages to produce a memorable experience for the entire family to enjoy. "Monsters Vs. Aliens" may not be the best animated film of 2009, but it's definitely one of the funniest.
The the computer animated visuals are simply breath taking, as well as the animators choice of using a rotating camera within the movie itself. This allowed for a much more interactive experience, allowing for the audience to feel even more immersed into the film's reality.
The story is essentially follows Susan Murphy, whom gets transformed into a giant fifty foot woman, with enormous strength to boot, on her wedding day no less. It's from there she gets captured by the United States government, as they've been notoriously capturing and harboring monsters for the past fifty years. Struggling with her newly found powers, as she longs to return to normal, so she can marry her fiance, Derek. However, when aliens invade the Earth, the government releases these monsters as the last line of defense humanity has against this threat. Struggling to find a place in the world, due to who they are, Susan soon discovers that it doesn't matter what you look like on the outside, but rather how much you believe in yourself and to live life by your own dreams; not what someone else wants. A great message for any movie to have.
As I've stated earlier, the story has a tendency to be cliched at times, and is fairly predictable. However, the humorous content, amazing visuals, and story content along with it's references to classic fifties monster/alien films; make this film one of the best animated features of 2009.
Even the voice acting was top notch as each actor was able to convey a lot of humor and emotion through their parts. With Stephen Colbert using his political satire comedy as he portrays a moronic president that talks a good game, but runs when the going gets tough. Then you have the hilarious comedy styling of Will Arnet, whom plays the macho type, Missing Link. Followed Seth Rogen, whom plays the lovable idiot of the movie. Let's not forget Hugh Laurie, Kiefer Sutherland, or Rainn Wilson's performances as the stereo typical monster movie types. With Sutherland playing the tough as nails military man. Wilson playing the evil alien that comes in peace, but wants to destroy us. Then of course Hugh conveys the stereotypical mad scientist turned mutant, like no other. Last and certainly not least, Reese Witherspoon was charming and witty in her role as the main protagonist to this movie.
"Monsters Vs. Aliens" may not have had a lot of the hype other family films got this year. However, it's definitely a great animated film for the entire family to enjoy.