Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman
Directed by: Dan Scanlon
Written By: Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird, Dan Scanlon
Rating: G (US) Running Time: 1 hr 35 min.
Monsters University is bright colorful fun with a variety of monster types filling out the usual clichéd university campus characters. At its heart this is a story about fate, and being honest with yourself. Both an acceptance of ones own gifts, while also trying to inspire others to discover their strengths.
What lets this movie down is the lack of drama. While the story avoids the usual trappings of the college competition plot line. It also lacks a strong nemesis to hamper our heroes progress. Elements that were very much in place in Monsters Inc.
If you liked Monsters Inc, you’ll likely not feel cheated by this film. Children should enjoy it while not fully getting all the humor. Adults who transported the children and paid for everything will likely get more of the jokes.
Best viewing format:
This is a top quality Pixar offering so a theater screen would be the best format for a viewing. At home a HD viewing on anything bigger than a phone will service the film well enough.
Best moment for me: << Spoiler >>
Near the end, Sullivan and Mike have to scare some adults to power up a door back to their own world. Apparently scaring adults is nearly impossible – really? The set up and eventual payoff here really worked nicely, and it finally establishes our heroes as a formidable team.