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Monsters vs Aliens

 

 

SCORE: 79

 

Monsters vs Aliens 

 

We purchased the Blu-ray version of Monsters vs Aliens the day after Thanksgiving, and used it as a special treat for our children on Christmas Eve. This movie is about a group of monsters who defend the earth against an alien invader. Classic monster movies were obviously tapped for the giant woman, blob, fish man, giant moth, and cockroach scientist. That is okay because Dreamworks put a lot of character into each of them.

The visuals are generally kept safe for the family. There is some violence in this film, and characters put in peril. Susans clothes got a little skimpy when she was growing. Thankfully that was short lived. Female power exudes a lot of Monsters vs Aliens. Women are shown as strong characters, and most of the men are pretty wimpy. I found this role reversal to be very odd.

The MPAA is right on top of it in reference to the crude humor and mild language. There are a lot of references to other things that adults will recognize. The one that stuck out to me was the reference to An Inconvenient Truth. That may stick out with recent developments to how deceptive that film actually was. There is humor in this film, and Bob (editor: the blob) is the main source of it.

Monsters vs Aliens contains a lot of special features and extras that will interest our readers. There is a 3D bonus which kids will really like. Commentary, sneak peaks, karaoke, deleted scenes, and the tech behind it round out this section. There are some issues with this film, however I feel it was worth the money.

Monsters vs Aliens functions as I would hope it would. Some of the menu screens can be confusing, but that is because so much is going on in the background. The storyline is one where you accept who you are. This would be good if it had not been so infused with “I don’t need men.” The whole men are lame attitude this movie preaches bothered me. I enjoy the traditional roles of the sexes, and this movie directly attacks that.

Families can use Monsters vs Aliens to discuss roles of men and women in the family. Our children did not pick up on the adult issues I have mentioned in this review. They liked seeing the monsters, and how they fought off the alien. They did have questions about the missing
Link character, and I had to explain that religious content. A sequel would be of interest.
- Yolanda

 

Graphics: 79%
Sound: 72%
Replay/Extras: 89%
Gameplay: 77%
Family Friendly Factor: 76%
System: Blu-ray/DVD
Publisher: Dreamworks
Rating: 'PG' for Parental Guidance
{sci-fi action, some crude humor and mild language}

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