Friday, December 3, 2010

Monsters, Inc. Review

Genre: Animated
Directed by: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich
Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman                
Release Date: November 2, 2001

The Plot

Unbeknownst to humans, there exists a city called Monstropolis, which is populated with monsters.  At the city’s power supply company, Monsters Inc., monsters use portals to access the human world.  They then scare children and collect their screams, which are used instead of electricity to power the entire city. 

Although children fear monsters, monsters also fear children.  Monsters believe that human children are highly toxic.  One night, a human toddler enters the monster world and forms an immediate bond with Sulley (John Goodman), the leading scarer at Monsters, Inc.  Sulley must find a way to return her to the human world before her presence incites mass panic.

What’s Good

  • The monsters have an impressive variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.  In addition, many of the monsters have distinct and amusing personalities.
  • Monsters, Inc. contains great emotional depth, as Sulley quickly becomes a father figure to the human child and experiences the joys and sorrows of raising a child.
  • The film has some funny moments, especially near the beginning.

What’s Not

  • The movie has a few ridiculously improbable segments.  But then, the entire story is about the existence of monsters . . .

The Drum Roll Please . . .

When Monsters, Inc. came out in theaters, I was eleven.  I saw the film three times in theaters and loved it each time.  It is a testimony to the film’s quality that I still see Monster’s Inc. as an exceptional movie now that I’m twenty-one.  This film will make you laugh and maybe cry.

8 out of 10

1 comment:

  1. Ahhh... I love Monsters Inc. Billy Crystal is probably my favorite part of this movie.