Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) – Oooze Gonna Save Us!

“Monsters vs. Aliens” is a 3D animated movie and a collaboration between DreamWorks Animation and Paramount Pictures. Directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon, it’s the first long animated film to use the stereoscopic 3D format. With a total estimated budget of $175 million, a great cast has also become a voice in this comedy and science fiction film.

The movie starts with Reese Witherspoon as Susan Murphy, a young woman who will marry Paul Rudd as Derek Dietl. Derek is a local weather anchor with an uphill career. On their wedding day, a meteor hit Susan, causing her body to suddenly become a monster. The military, led by Kiefer Sutherland as General W.R. Monger, secured Susan. Brought to a secret facility, he met other monsters. The military also kept them.

In another galaxy, Rainn Wilson as Gallaxhar is an ambitious alien who wants to conquer the universe. Through the power of the Quantonium, he sent a giant robot to Earth to be able to take the substance. Monger suggests the president of the United States must send monsters to fight the robot. Susan, Seth Rogen as B.O.B., Hugh Laurie as Dr. Cockroach, and Will Arnet as The Missing Link must face Gallaxhar.

“Monsters vs. Aliens “is a tribute of the classic pop culture science fiction. There is The Missing Link from “Creature from the Black Lagoon”, Susan from “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”, B.O.B. from “The Blob”, to other cult-classic films. Insectosaurus was also inspired by “Mothra” and Dr. Cockroach from “The Fly”. Although the creatures are portrayed as scary, this film is the opposite. This film isn’t completely original but integrating many of the pop cultures into one ridiculous yet unique character. With a fresher, of course very entertaining.

3D animation is a very impressive element and is the most unique value of everything. However, the most ridiculous thing lies in the characters in this film doing various funny and interesting actions. Slapstick and witty dialog from “Dr. Strangelove”, the Axel F from “Beverly Hills Cop”, and the giant robot from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. The movie has a lot of easter eggs, especially a missile that says E.T. Come Home as “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”.

The movie, even though it’s full of comical characters and funny actions, doesn’t have rich humor in essence. Kids would probably watch this movie even though there are still messages they can still receive. Adults would find it too monotonous and too spontaneous. Will they complain? I don’t know. Clearly, I watched this film many times when I was 12 years old more precisely. However, I’m not expecting much now.

“Monsters vs. Aliens” is an entertaining film for audiences of all ages and a new experience when watching it in 3D. Does it really not disturb and feel distracted when trying to follow these lines or dialogues? It feels like nothing but with such a great visual, this movie is one of the most hilarious by Dreamworks. The movie has great casting especially when you see Rainn Wilson and Seth Rogen on screen, you know what’s more interesting than that.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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