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Today we’re talking about the 2009 film Monsters vs. Aliens.
An interesting mash-up (monster mash-up?) of typical monster and alien invasion tropes from both the classic movies and the newer ones. Although they revel in the tropes of the genre, the movie isn’t an alien invasion or monster movie, it’s a superhero origin story.
The characters were funny but not particularly interesting. They balanced their roles well and were likeable but nothing special.
The movie was filled with quotes, references, and jokes about other monster or invasion movies and TV shows. I’m sure I missed a few but greatly enjoyed those that I caught.
As far as original dialogue, each character had a few great moments.
Visuals and Music
The movie was colourful and the monsters were okay, but the humans and Susan were really off. The mouths and eyes were just off enough to make it disconcerting.
The music was a beautiful homage to classic monster and alien movies.
Lots of action, jokes, and fun moments. It was fun from start to finish. I’m sure the genre references and jokes help me a lot.
This is a movie that squeezes monsters, aliens, and superhero tropes all together. It’s what happens when you make a loving parody. It was exciting for the kids and a had lots of little Easter eggs for the adults.
Final Score: 3.5 Stars out of 5