Monsters vs Aliens (2009) – 6/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Rob Letterman
Director: Conrad Vernon
Writer (Screenplay): Maya Forbes
Writer (Screenplay): Wallace Wolodarsky
Writer (Screenplay): Rob Letterman
Writer (Screenplay): Jonathan Aibel
Writer (Screenplay): Glenn Berger
Writer (Story): Rob Letterman
Writer (Story): Conrad Vernon
Reese Witherspoon: Susan “Ginormica” Murphy
Seth Rogen: B.O.B.
Hugh Laurie: Dr. Cockroad Ph.D
Will Arnett: The Missing Link
Kiefer Sutherland: General W.R. Monger
Rainn Wilson: Gallaxhar
Stephen Colbert: President Hathaway

Monsters vs Aliens (2009)

Susan Murphy is about to embark on married life with ambitious weatherman Derek Dietl but is hit by a meteorite on her wedding day, grows to an enormous size and is locked up in a secret government facility along with four other monsters. When aliens decide to invade Earth, facility supervisor General W.R. Monger knows that this is the day he has been preparing for and unleashes the monsters. And Susan.


DreamWorks Animation do not understand that an in-joke is not a joke; it’s an easter egg, a little bonus for certain viewers. Monsters vs Aliens relies on in-jokes for most of it’s laughs and most of them don’t work. Fortunately, the film has a magic ingredient in the beguiling shape of large lovely leading lady Susan (voiced by Reese Witherspoon and animated by people who don’t have agents) who easily carries the audience through the needlessly predictable plot. Of the other characters, only President Hathaway (Stephen Colbert, animated by a nerd) and General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland, animated by who-knows?-they’re-not-in-24) stands out (respectively, by being cool and not using in-jokes or by not being duplicitous) and in a movie featuring monsters and aliens that’s kinda disappointing.

This movie contains bad language, innuendo and violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.


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