Title – Monsters University (2013)
Director – Dan Scanlon (Tracy)
Cast – (Voices of) Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Charlie Day
Plot – A look back at the beginnings of Mike (Crystal) and Sully’s (Goodman) friendship in college where they must overcome nasty Dean Hardscrabble (Mirren) and turn a bunch of misfits into winners to prove to everyone that they can scare with the best of them.
“I’ve been waiting for this my whole life! I’m gonna be a scarer!”
Review by Eddie on 25/11/2013
It really does feel like some form of sacrilege to not like a Pixar movie with the company producing grand movie after grand movie for so long it makes one feel uneasy when a product of theirs lacks heart and lacks the soul that made their early outputs so amazing. Sacrilege officially committed then, for Monsters University is an average film and a reaffirming that the mojo at Pixar is waning.
After mediocre efforts Cars, Brave and the nothing short of a cheap cash grab Cars 2 (which I have avoided seeing at all costs to try preserve some Pixar love) it’s not exactly a secret that Pixar have seemingly lost their way, whether due to Disney’s takeover or not. Monsters Inc was a fantastic movie filled with charm, humour, heart and a story that seemed wholly original. Monsters University is anything but, a movie that again seems to exist solely to produce a range of toys that can be sold in conjunction with its release, and while not terrible by any means is not even in the same ball park as it’s predecessor.
Setting this prequel story in a college setting seems to be an excuse for Pixar to play up every college movie stereotype available. From outcasts, jocks, mean headmasters and sororities everything in the film feels somewhat cheapened by it appearing to be some form of homage or in joke, something early Pixar movies never had to contend with. It must be said also that the iconic characters of Mike and Sully seem diminished in this film, banter between them that sparkled in Monsters Inc fizzles here which makes audience investment a lot harder.
Monsters University has some laughs and travels along at a fast enough pace so you never feel bored with proceedings. It’s a movie though that’s story feels pointless with the usual follow your dreams message the only real element to be taken from it. No doubt this colourful movie will appeal to those under the age of ten but for all of us ten year olds that have now grown up, Monsters University is a forgettable and regrettable entry in the once untarnished Pixar canon.
2 and a half angry librarians out of 5
- DVD Review: Monsters University (benspark.com)
- Monsters University director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae on their determination to make a monster hit (dailyrecord.co.uk)
- Movie Review – MONSTER’S UNIVERSITY (2013) (adventureamigos.net)