The holiday season is in full swing with less than a week until the big guy heads down all of our chimneys with care, but thankfully at the movie theatres all across the country the presents have been coming early and often. Opening today in theatres everywhere and for the very first time in 3D we get a blast from the past as we go back to 2001, to once again revel in the world of “Monsters Inc”.
Starring the voice talents of Billy Crystal and John Goodman
Directed by Pete Docter
“Monsters Inc.” takes us to the city of Monstropolis where best friends Sulley (Goodman) and his wise cracking best friend Mike Wazowski (Crystal) work to generate power for their city by entering into the world of children through the bedroom closets and scaring them. These monsters are scared of the children and led to believe that anything from the other side is contaminated and they take special care as not to get infected, that is until adorable little Boo comes through to the other side and Mike and Sully’s world’s are turned upside down as getting Boo home might not be as easy as they had hoped.
While he had some very steady hands in the form of David Silverman and Lee Unkrich backing up his first trip in the director’s chair, Pete Docter’s first feature film is a confident and self assured one that looks fantastic and moves on the screen with great ease. With the self-assured swagger of a seasoned veteran, Docter crafts a spectacular world that is filled with imaginative set pieces for the kid in all of us and hilarious one liners that you wouldn’t think would work in an animated film. The fourth feature length film from Pixar studios, this was probably the first one that had a real sly wit about as everything about this story moved so effortlessly and in this critic’s opinion was probably the first film where the adult film fans without kids really started to pay attention to the films coming out of Pixar. The new up converted 3D looks good enough, but I was more amazed at the clarity and detail of the picture with the new digital projection technology that just wasn’t available 11 years ago, you combine that with the excellent comedic chemistry of Crystal and Goodman, this film plays just as well today as it did 11 years ago.
Billy Crystal proved years ago that working PG wasn’t a problem for him, so going all the way to G wasn’t that much of a stretch and his frenetic Mike Wazowski was an absolute hoot bouncing off the wall from scene to scene as he motivated his best friend and partner Sully to be the champion scare generator for Monstropolis. He manages to ham it up with ease as Goodman as his straight man Sully plays off of Crystal’s antics with such ease that they seem like a natural pairing that has been doing this for years. The voice cast has some other fun turns with the likes of Steve Buscemi, James Coburn and Jennifer Tilly in various roles but it’s the magic between Crystal and Goodman that make this film shine.
Even 11 years down the road, “Monsters Inc.” is a charming animated romp that is guaranteed to delight any age and is a key film as Pixar elevated their game to entertain the masses in all of their forms.
5 out of 5 stars.
“Monsters Inc” is now playing at theatres all across the country in 3D, check with your local listings for show times.
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