"Monsters vs. Aliens": Your kids will love it!
If you're searching for a fun way to kill a couple of hours with the kids this weekend or during spring break, then you'll want to check out Monsters vs. Aliens, the new animated feature from Dreamworks, the folks who brought you Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. For a review of the movie, check out what film critic Steve Persall had to say.
From a Momma's perspective, this was fine for an afternoon's diversion. One of the best parts of this film is the 3D action, which really brings the movie to life. Some 3D movies don't make good use of the technology but in M v. A, the effects are strong. At one point, debris from a giant robot attack on the Golden Gate Bridge appears to be falling off the screen.
And there is enough funny stuff for kids and adults. We've all seen the preview where the government employee scans everything from his tongue to his bottom (yes, that still got lots of laughs from the kids in the theater). Parents will like the resemblance the monsters have to movie monsters from the past. And parents also will get a kick out of the retro soundtrack that includes everything from Axel's Theme from Beverly Hills Cop to the B 52s' Planet Claire.
There is one scene that could make Mommas squirm a bit. It had to do with the couple who first see the alien robot landing but, luckily, it doesn't last too long.
Reese Witherspoon is good as Susan, the young woman who is hit by a meteor on her wedding day and becomes Ginormica -- and learns a lesson about girl power in the process. Stephen Colbert is perfect as the weaselly president. But Seth Rogen as Bob the blob steals the movie. He's got the best lines and does the craziest things. The kids in the audience seemed to laugh the loudest when he was on-screen -- and he's on there a lot.
Finally, there is no better recommendation than that of the target audience of the movie. So here is what my 10-year-old son had to say. "You know, we're going to have to go back and see Monsters vs. Aliens,'' he said the day after we saw it. When my husband asked why, our son replied, "Because it was AWESOME!"
-- Sherry Robinson