I went to see Monsters Vs. Aliens recently, and to my surprise I was really entertained by the movie and its characters. It is a thoroughly enjoyable animated 3-D film from Dreamworks that has lot going for it: Top-notch animation, a stellar voice-over cast and a very entertaining and engrossing story in which monsters (all of them cleverly based on 1950's B-movie creatures and characters) fight for the Earth as good guys against an attacking wave of alien robots.

The story begins on the day Modesto native Susan Murphy (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) is to be married to local TV weatherman Derek Dietl (voiced by Paul Rudd). As she stands outside the church, waiting for the ceremony to begin, a meteorite suddenly falls from the sky and lands directly on top of her. She isn't killed, but the strange radiation from the meteorite transforms her into a giant; it isn't long before she's tranquilized by government agents and taken away. When she awakens, she learns that she's being held in a secret high tech facility designed to keep monsters out of the public eye. She then meets four of the residents. The first, nicknamed B.O.B. (voiced by Seth Rogen), is a viscous blue blob with one eye and no brain, the result of a genetic accident involving a tomato and a packet of ranch dressing. The second, Dr. Cockroach Ph.D. (voiced by Hugh Laurie) was once a man until a machine fused his DNA with that of an insect; now he's a child-sized bug who likes to laugh like an evil scientist.
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The third, The Missing Link (voiced by Will Arnett), is a fish-human hybrid who isn't the most physically able but likes to pretend that he is. The fourth is Insectosaurus, a monstrous caterpillar that once attacked Tokyo. The facility they're in is run by the aptly named W.R. Monger (voiced by Kiefer Sutherland), a tough-talking general whose Southern accent is second only to his loud voice. Because of her enormous size, he gives Susan the nickname Ginormica.

When a tentacled alien creature named Gallaxhar (voiced by Rainn Wilson) sends a giant robot probe to Earth on a mission of destruction, Monger convinces the President (voiced by Stephen Colbert) to let the monsters take care of the problem. At this point, it becomes a journey of self-discovery for Susan--she essentially begins realizing that she's actually achieved something by being transformed into a monster, and because of that, she starts to rethink her relationship with Derek. It's not as if he was all that nice a guy to begin with.

Overall, monsters vs. Aliens is a surprisingly pleasant, kid-safe movie that adults will also like. No bad language, no sex, no real violence. Just humor, fun, and good messages. Perfect for a family night outing.

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  1. Anonymous Says,

    Thanks for the review, I was seeing this movie last night.. really this movie is interesting.....ur blog is too good I like it.i download Monsters vs. Aliens movie last night....

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