27 March 2009

Monsters vs. Aliens

Directed by: Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon
Written by: Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky, Rob Letterman, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger
Full credits from IMDb

Monsters vs. Aliens turns on that old narrative cliché about using bad guys to battle even worse guys. Sometimes...it takes a thief to catch a thief. That's what those pre-Hannibal Hannibal Lecter stories are about; also, Ghostbusters. Most of all, though, this film reminded me of The Incredibles — just stripped of all the humor (not even the kids were laughing, just the doofus dad behind me), big ideas, and character development, leaving behind the action set pieces designed to be the levels in the requisite video game — which the Pixar film had in unfortunate abundance, too. Sometimes I feel like I'm playing the movie, a sensation bolstered a bit by the 3D.

Keep reading my discussion with Benjamin Sutton on The L Magazine blog.

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