FILM REVIEW: Monsters University

After the big hit of the original movie Monsters Inc. in 2001. Pixar have decided to try and delight audiences again with this prequel to the original telling us the story of how Mike and Sulley first came to meet. Have they managed to make movie magic again, or this just another poor prequel that should never have been made?

Rating: U
Release Date: 12th July 2013 (But available to pre-book now)
Run Time: 110 mins
Cast: Mike (Billy Crystal), Sullivan (John Goodman), Randy (Steve Buscemi), Dean Hardscrabble (Helen Mirren), Squishy (Peter Sohn), Don (Joel Murray), Terri (Sean Hayes), Terry (Dave Foley), Art (Charles Day), Professor Knight (Alfred Molina)

SYNOPSIS: Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

Before the film was started we were treated to a new Pixar short – Blue Umbrella. This was introduced to us by the producers of Monsters University and we were told that what we were about to see was entirely computer generated animation – however, I can understand why they said this as whilst watching it you could be forgiven for thinking that you were watching a live action film, the animation was THAT good. Basically it is a love story between a Blue and Red umbrella – it was very sweet, and as usual from Pixar it was brilliant. I shouldn’t be by now but it still amazes me how Pixar can put so much emotion into inanimate objects and making you feel so much for them – I mean, I was routing for an umbrella to get together with another umbrella…what’s that all about?

Now onto the actual movie. I’ll be honest I was a bit reserved with the idea of a prequel, I loved Monsters Inc. so much, and I was worried if they would be able to do it justice. I need not  have worried however as I was in Pixar’s good hands, and as usual they showed they know exactly what they were doing.

The film follows Mike and Scully’s first meeting at Monsters University where they are going to learn how to become Scarers. Initially they both hate each other, but events end up forcing them to have to work together. Many of the characters from the original movie make an appearance here, and all the voice talents are the same as the original movie too.

The animation as you would expect from Pixar was first class, and with the addition of 3D glasses you almost felt like you could stroke Sulley’s fur. As a mixed audience of adults and young children, this movie had something for everyone – however some of the very young children did find some of the scare scenes a little on the scary side – but not the kind to make them cry, more a gleeful hide behind the hands scared! One tiny criticism I would say was that I noticed towards the end the pace did drop a little for around 5 minutes, meaning some of the younger kids lost interest for a little bit. But they were soon hooked once the pace picked back up again.

So is this a film that I would recommend you take your kids along to? And as an adult will you enjoy it too? My answer to both these questions would be a resounding yes – plus the quietness of the children throughout implied they were totally engrossed in the film and the cheers and applause they gave afterwards showed they liked it too. For anyone that has actually been to University you will see a lot of parallels to what what you did whilst you were there, and kids will just love the whole story – be prepared to have to buy lots more cuddly toys though! For something that the whole family can enjoy I highly recommend this movie, and it will make you love Mike and Scully all over again. Go now!

P.S. I know if your taking along young children to films it can be difficult to get them to sit through the credits, but trust me it’s worth it for the little easter egg at the end – the children that did stay when we watched it gave one of the biggest laughs of the whole film (and the auditorium was over 3/4’s empty by that stage).


Rating: 4.5/5
Reporter: darkphoenix1701

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