Monsters University Movie Reviews
User reviews on Monsters University
I liked it because I like the characters and Pixar's clever writing and imaginative animation are always fun. But it sailed over the head of the five-year-old I took with me.
Monsters university is a lesson that you don't have to be the person people want you to be. Just be yourself and you can make it in the world!
I was so excited to see this film, I loved Monsters Inc. and could not wait to see this film. I am happy to say that I was not disappointed with it and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. I took my sister’s children to see it with me but honestly I would have seen this film without them as well. The film is charming and funny, I had an amazing time watching it and my nephews did too. I love the theme of this wonderful animation and the honesty that it brings and it was also quite funny. I do think that he first film was better but I still had a great time watching it so i am not going to complain. Overall, it is a great film to see with your family.
I really enjoyed watching this film and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. I think Pixar really needed a good film to rebound from Cars 2 and this film was a perfect comeback. It was a solid film with a great story with imaginative and funny characters and it is made for a whole family to enjoy. I thought the film was thoughtful, funny, creative and smart and I really think that the message was great and an important one as well. Overall, I had a great time watching it and I think it is worth seeing on the big screen.
I realize that I'm gonna be in the mega tiny minority by complaining about the inevitable classic that is "Monsters University" BUT I have a gripe - and I think it's a gripe worth considering: why do all of the Pixar movies tend to be so male centric? Yes, we had Brave, but that was just one movie - and yes, there was Jessie in Toy Story, but we all know that movie belongs to Buzz and Woody. Don't the people who make these movies realize that the majority of the population is female? In fact, I would be willing to bet that the majority of the people who love Pixar and Disney movies are female. The only female of note in this movie is the dean of the university; she's played by Helen Mirren and she's kind of a mini grotesque Dumbledore if you will. In fact, the whole setting is kind of like Hogwarts, only with Monsters. It's a cute movie, but missing about half its characters.
As expected, the kids absolutely loved this movie and are already begging me to take them back for a return viewing, possibly in 3D. The good news for them is that I'd actually consider it because the movie is really, really good, even by the lofty standard set by Pixar and Disney (speaking of which: did you see the teaser for "Frozen"? I was underwhelmed, hopefully the film is better than that). Billy Crystal really steals the show in this movie and how could he not? Nearly every line he delivers is a home run and he does it in that typically brilliant off-the-cuff rimshot way of his. John Goodman is really cute in his part, as is Helen Mirren who plays the dean of the monster university. The only thing I would complain about in the film is that the little toddler that stole so many hearts in the original is missing here. She was SO cute and I heartwarming. This one is less cute but just as fun.
Note to Pixar: step away from sequels! And definitely don’t go the tired and treaded route of the Hollywood prequel, which is what Monsters University essentially is. Not to say that this isn’t a good movie – it’s highly entertaining by any usual Hollywood standard – but being that it comes from the bejeweled House of Animation and critical darling Pixar, we expect nothing but the very best. And at best, Monsters University is a B movie.
The story is, like the original, a buddy movie a la The Odd Couple, where one-eyed Mike (Billy Crystal) and giant furball Sulley (John Goodman) first meet at the official university where all monsters go to learn their best “scare-the-kiddies” antics. Imagine Hogwarts, only cuter and without the headless ghosts and raging teenage hormones.
When the duo teams up for their annual collegiate tournament (think The Goblet of Fire meets The Hunger Games), Mike and Sulley join forces to prove that they are the BMOC (Best Monsters On Campus). It’s often times hilarious and the vocal performances from stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman – as well as the supporting cast of Charlie Day, Dave Foley, and Sean Hayes – are pat perfect.
The movie is nowhere near as innovative as the best of the Pixar films, like Up, Ratatouille, and Toy Story, but it gets the job done and will keep everyone from ages 3 to 93 thoroughly entertained. What it won’t do is sweep up your heart in its own dreams.