Monsters vs. Aliens

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Not only worth it for the 3-D or for the “who’s voice is that?” guessing game.

I’m still a little surprised at how many people have not yet experienced the new 3-D movies. We are so very lucky to be rid of that nasty blue and red, instant-headache-creating 3-D technology. While the live-action 3-D conversions still don’t look all that great, animated flicks like Monsters vs. Aliens are the prime example at what 3-D is made for.

Monsters vs. Aliens begins with a chunk of an exploded planet careening towards Earth. Ground zero is just outside a chapel in Modesto, CA where our main character, Susan Murphy (voiced by Reese Witherspoon), is about to be wed. When Susan notices the Armageddon-style flaming rock falling through the sky, she tries to run away from the predicted impact spot, only to have it land directly on her. The result: the supernatural energy from the rock transferred to Susan’s body, turning her into a 50-foot-tall woman.

After a secret government organization captures her, Susan is locked up with several other “monsters” and given a new, more fitting name – Ginormica. Her new cell mates are The Missing Link (Arrested Development’s Will Arnett), Dr. Cockroach Ph.D. (House’s Hugh Laurie), B.O.B. (Seth Rogen), and a 250-foot-tall bug named Insectasaurus.

When an alien robot is sent to Earth with the mission of collecting the supernatural energy from the crashed meteor, the government deploys the fivesome of unexperienced monsters to stop it before it destroys all of San Francisco.

The plot to Monsters vs. Aliens may sound like your typical children’s underdog movie, it is very creative and unique in its ideas. Combined with its hilarious comedy, Monsters vs. Aliens is another completely entertaining for all ages movie. What else would you expect with writers from the early years of The Simpsons, Kung Fu Panda and the director of Shrek 2 (the best of the Shrek movies)?

Another fun aspect to Monsters vs. Aliens is the long list of well-known actors who lend their voices to some of the characters. The list includes Kiefer Sutherland, The Office’s Rainn Wilson and John Krasinski, Stephen Colbert, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Ed Helms and Renee Zellweger.

While Monsters vs. Aliens is a kid’s movie, like most Dreamworks Animation films it also has plenty of “adult” jokes embedded in its humor. Adults will enjoy it just as much as any child, if not more. On a side note, also beware that it is rated PG for sci-fi action, some crude humor and mild language.

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