|Monsters vs Aliens - Movie Review
Monsters Vs Aliens, the latest gem from the Dreamworks
studio is a wonderful tale of demonstrating the best of human
nature, despite the fact that the main characters are monsters.
Surprisingly, there are only a few monsters, and the creation
stories of how these beings came to be are actually relatively
believable. Children will certainly accept the outrageous
storyline, while adults will appreciate the distorted love theme
and the growth of understanding in the main character, Susan /
The story begins with a romantic wedding day, and Susan is the
blushing bride. She has high expectations of going to Paris on
her honeymoon and is the typical delightful young woman who
gives up her dreams to further her fiancé’s career.
Without warning and before the wedding takes place, a meteorite
falls to earth at her feet and the storyline moves with dramatic
pace from now on. At the alter Susan begins to change into a
huge and strong version of herself. Reminiscent of the sudden
growth Alice experiences in Alice in Wonderland, Susan breaks
through the roof of the church, to the shock of her fiancé and
all the wedding guests.
When she awakes, Susan is devastated to find herself in an army
secret facility that houses all the ‘monsters’ discovered in the
past 50 years. She makes friends with the others but is still
trying to discover a way to get back to her old life when an
alien tracking the meteorite (and the precious substance that
gives Susan her strength) attacks the earth.
Following a highly amusing “peaceful” speech by the white middle
aged American President, the army persuades the President to
release the monsters to fight the aliens. In the process, Susan
discovers her true feelings for her fiancé and discovers who she
really wants to be. Little girls will benefit from the feminist
overtones where the girl does not need to rely on the lies of
men to succeed in the world. Instead, Susan relies on her inner
strength (even when the determined alien forcibly extracts the
chemical) and her new friends, to succeed.
Beyond this storyline and the jokes that adults will appreciate,
children will adore the monsters that are the main characters.
The characters are fun and make the movie flow well. Some of the
jokes are slapstick comedy, but children will love the film.
Monsters Vs Aliens is surprisingly good. It may not stand the
test of time as Shrek has done, but it is certainly well worth
by Hayley Hunkin