When I heard about this movie, I thought it sounded cool. With a straightforward and somewhat cool sounding title, it had caught my attention. Then I found out it had a pretty nice line up of voices with Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie and Kiefer Sutherland lending their voice talent to the animated feature. So did Dreamwork's new animated feature, Monsters vs Aliens, make me think it was cool? Yes, yes it did.
From what I understand, this movie was basically an homage to a lot of B-grade sci fi/horror movies made back in the 50s (such as War of the Worlds, Invasion of the Body Snatchers etc). I could sorta tell that they paid homage to these films but because I had no real exposure to these movies, I didn't really understand it. However, as this is an animated feature and kids are sure to watch it (with a name like Monsters vs Aliens, what kid wouldn't wanna watch it?) it still worked in that sense.
The action scenes were pretty exciting to watch and the movie was funny as well. It wasn't terribly hilarious or anything but it was very humourous and entertaining. The reason why it's funny is mostly due to the comedic talent (Witherspoon having worked on Legally Blonde; Rogen and Rudd having worked together on Knocked Up as well as various other Apatow productions; Will Arnett for having worked on Arrested Development; Hugh Laurie for previously being a comedian before his work in the United States).
Overall I thought it was a pretty entertaining and funny film. I wouldn't be surprised to see a sequel from this because the characters are lovable and lively and also because they can always add new monsters or aliens to the mix. According to boxofficemojo.com, Monsters vs Aliens has made approximately $187,909,510 worldwide and with numbers like that, I'm sure Dreamworks are already trying to find a writer for a sequel.
Monsters vs Aliens recieves a 3.5/5