I went to see Monsters versus Aliens tonight. It was in 3D and it was great fun in a childish sort of way, where there are no consequences nor after effects to seeing the movie. Now I’m rapidly typing, trying to see if I can beat Clifford to a movie review.
I think the movie hit a chord with my infancy. Perhaps I saw too many B-movies when I was growing up. I saw references to Godzilla, Creature of the Black Lagoon, The Blob, The Fly, Attack of the 50-foot woman, The day the Earth stood still, Ghostbusters not to mention other classics like Dr. Strangelove (one of the best movies of all times).
I really liked Dr. Cockroach, who is voiced by Hugh Laurie and has the maddest evil scientist laugh you could imagine (straight from Black Adder). There is also the evil coffee machine. Much more evil than this one.
My favorite quote:
“By Hawking’s chair”
At least this is what it sounded like, uttered in a perfect British accent by Dr. Cockroach. If you have ever lifted that chair with a group of people (I was once asked to help in this way), you probably know that it is quite a heavy chair, so this is quite a statement. It’s as cliched as it could be, but you wouldn’t expect anything else. I think the best thing about the movie is that it does not pretend to be anything other than what it is: an assemblage of cliches and reminiscence of early cult horror B-movies from all times. It’s in 3D, and there are plenty of eye popping effects. The evil guy is truly evil, and the good guys are truly good in their own way and there is no fear to be had, at all.
If you’re into Spielberg, be prepared for a new twist on “Close encounters of the third kind”, and the priceless “ET. Go Home” sign spotted on a missile. You will remember passages of Men in Black. Having Steven Colbert play the President is really funny. Bob is great.
Best thing of all, if you live in California, for a change a movie destroys San Francisco rather than Washington D.C. or New York. Makes you feel like you are part of the (movie) world.
What happens if you don’t go see it? Absolutely nothing.