Saturday, 22 June 2013

Movie Review: Monster University

Monsters University is another disappointing film from Pixar after Cars 3 and Brave...not for the kids though, but for many adults who enjoyed or loved Pixar past works as it doesn't have the 'Pixar magic' that many would want to see on the big screen.

Compared with Pixar's past successful works, Monsters University lacks an imaginative, creative story that invoke feelings of wonder that makes most audience feel pleased aesthetically, emotionally and intellectually at the same time...something that draws you into it, make you want to care. The film lacks an emotional punch like Sulley's relationship with Boo in Monsters Inc as we all know that Mike and Sully will eventually become best friends. What so special about past Pixar films is that they normally have the drama that makes you filled with feelings of anticipation and uncertainty as you're watching them.

The artistic side of the film is still amazing to watch, but it has a slim, simple formulaic plot and theme that many adult audience would find it extremely familiar with most typical American college/university comedy films found out there, albeit with monsters this time around. It's filled with all possible college movie cliches and it heavily relies on your knowledge with Monsters Inc to feel emotionally engaged with the characters.

Nevertheless, most kids will definitely find it enjoyable and entertaining due to the simple nature of its plot, more cute, lovable characters and some heartwarming scenes. It may not be as exciting and wonderful for as many would have thought it will be, but it may still entertain you nonetheless.It's still recommended for parents to bring the kids to watch this.

Rating: 7/10

For the short film - The Blue Umbrella: The photo-realistic techniques used for the film (the reflection of water, lighting, coloring) is very detailed and impressive, but compared with previous Pixar shorts like Presto, Partly Cloudy, Lifted, etc, this one falls short in making a lasting impression with the audience.

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