Monsters University Review

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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. — (C) Walt Disney

 

The Good
There is a lot to love about this movie, and it brings back the glory of Pixar.  It’s a wonderful prequel that is inventive, and very heartfelt.  Of course if you’ve been following Pixar from the beginning this should be no surprise, as this was pretty commonplace for their movies only until recently.  Everyone can hit a few bumps in the road and when you are king of the mountain, people can’t wait to bring you down.  With Monsters University, I believe it reclaims the crown and puts them back on the right track.

The visuals are nothing short of amazing, again, no surprise there.  I love the character animation and design they use.  Pixar has a way of magically developing their characters in that you feel for every one in the film, even the smaller roles.  The development of the relationship between Mike and Sully is also done very well.  It’s the classic story of opponents becoming friends, and using their strengths together, instead of playing against their weaknesses.  A great lessons for both children and adults.

They actually caught me off guard with the story a little bit, because right when I thought they went down cliche avenue, they took a swift and sharp turn to prove me wrong.  I love movies that can do that to me and they did it very well.  You’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it.

Oh I almost forgot.  The overly beautiful, and quite awesome silent story (with music ) of the Blue Umbrella that will open for the movie.  I loved every second  of it from the beautifully rendered models of street signs, and traffic items, to the fluid and realistic flow of the animation.  These guys mastered story telling in any format.  A+ for the short.

 

The Bad
 Uhmm…  Not too much here folks.  The movie ran a tad bit too long. Maybe about 10-15 minutes or so., but even this is a very minor gripe.

 

 

The Verdict
What a fantastic movie.  I look forward to Pixar’s next installment, as well as their short movies.  You’ll be missing out on one of the greats if you pass this one up. Pixar has laid the groundwork from all those years ago with Toy Story, and they are still taking people to school.  No Pun Intended… Well… yea I totally intended that.

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  • MonstersDad

    Nice review dude. Loved the first one. I’m definitely taking the kids to see this tomorrow!

  • Willy Tell

    Hey Diggedy Do you think it was better than the first one?

  • http://www.dorklessons.com/ DiggedyDave

    I wouldn’t say better than the first one.. The first one kind of laid the groundwork for this.. even though it was a prequel. They can stand independent of each other and still be just as good. Hope that answers your question lol