Monsters have been underrated in the media lately, but Dreamworks sure know how to make sure we don’t forget about them. Monsters Vs. Aliens takes our favourite classic sci-fi cheese monsters from the 50s and 60s and brings them together to fight an equally cheesy alien and his army of clones before they can invade Earth. It all starts at a wedding in the town of Modesto, California back in what seems to be the early 80s. Susan Murphy’s (Reese Witherspoon) dream are about to come true as she is soon to be married to local TV weatherman, Derek Deitl (Paul Rudd) when a freak meteor storm hit the grounds of the church where they are about to take the vows. Susan is outside, fighting with a fit of cold feet, when she is hit by a mutagen-laced meteorite. She gets a bit scuffed up and dirty, but still looks okay, and her mother, Wendy Murphy (Julie White) comes out to get her. They go back into the church, and Susan is now ready to walk down the aisle, but as she does, she grows, and grows, rapidly, and soon, her head is hitting the ceiling of the chapel, and her guests are running in hysterics. Susan is frantic, not knowing what has happened, and she vows to Derek that she will find a way to fix things back to way they were. Fed forces come to the church, and tranq Susan, and she goes blank.
When she wakes up, she is in a cold, sterile place, and dressed in a black denim jumpsuit and sneakers. She is in a huge cell, and is let out. She meets with some other monsters that have been rounded up over the years. B.O.B., a bumbling blue blob that isn’t too bright (Seth Rogen), Dr. Cockroach Ph.D. (Hugh Laurie), a victim of a badly-failed experiment. The Missing Link (Will Arnett) a tough-guy sea creature with a reputation for scaring co-eds on Spring Breaks, and Insectosaur, a giant cross-creature created in Japan by radiation fallout. Their program is run by W. R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland), and he has assembled this team to fight the terror that is coming down from the skies. The evil alien lord Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson) is after the substance from the meteor, and now that it is on Earth, once he can collect it, he can become all-powerful and make the Earthlings his slaves, along with any other alien races that might come his way. What Gallaxhar does not know is that the monsters the government has collected to fight him are going to kick his butt, but he will not go down quickly. He has access to a cloning device that can produce thousands of Gallaxhars within hours.
While Gallaxhar makes his plans, Susan and her new friends go back to Modesto so she can make amends with Derek, but then she learns that Derek is a self-serving snob that would have just pushed her aside to further his own ambitions, no matter if she had become a monster or not. She leaves this chapter in her life behind, and focuses on the conflict with Gallaxhar, and finds that her new purpose is far bigger than anything Derek could have given her. She has a planet to save!
This fun family movie pokes fun the old movies many parents and grandparents grew up with, and keeps the kids enthralled, too. It is pure fun, and even though it might not be the best movie out there, it has lots of great action and will keep us laughing. Perfect for Halloween, or any holiday, really. We all know how excited they can get when faced with the promise of sweets and gifts. Let Monsters vs Aliens be a gift to yourself, and enjoy the silence.
I give this film a Musing review of