Sunday, 11 August 2013
Review : Monsters University
Monsters University : The long awaited prequel to Monsters Inc, How do you think that the scary monsters, hiding in your clausest ever got so scary - the answer to that question is, they all had to go to college first, and study how to be scary. Monsters University takes a look at how the relationship between Mike and Sulley all started during their days at Monsters University and to start off with, they weren't necessarily the best of friends.
Hello Film Fans
I am very excited about this next review, because this time, I will be reviewing a film that really brought a warm glow to my heart, having actually watched it. It's sounds silly me actually saying that, but it is true. 'Monsters University' proved to be top of the class, and set the mark of how a good, well thought through prequel can be done.
Speaking as a person who loved 'Monsters Inc' I was thrilled to hear that PIXAR had made a prequel.It meant I was allowed to understand more about these characters, that I loved the first time around, it sets up back story which I like. It also allows the audience member to dig their teeth into these characters, and really invest more in what their about.
So I liked the set up and that it was a prequel and not a sequel, because sequels don't involve much of a challenge in it's script writing, the writer has just got to try and make this new film, better than the last one. Prequels carry much more of a challenge because, your developing upon events that have already happened, you have to insure that it all ties into the previous film, so everything makes sense in the end, to lead into the events of the previous film, Monsters University is so clever in the way it does that, that what I loved about it, it's a film that takes you by surprise.
The Storyline of Monsters University is straight forward and simple, which is the genius of it.The story is mainly about of the character of Mike Wazowski and how he met James P. Sullivan and how they become to be an inseparable pair, however that wasn't the case to start off with. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand the sight of each other.
After an inspirational trip to the Monsters Inc Factory on a school trip, Mike becomes determined to attend Monsters University and become a scarier. Standing in his way is a big oaf which happens to be Sulley, And I think it's so great that this film unlocks the doors to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. It brings brilliant character development, especially to Mike who is the brains of the operation.
However the two of them are dismissed from the scaring program, in order to get back into the scaring program, Mike must form a team of scaring monsters to compete in a series of challenges called 'The Scare Games'. It is then he is forced to work with Sulley, and they form a friendship and work together to become the team of scaring. It's perfectly funny, the natural PIXAR humour which relates to both children and adult audiences, it's so cleverly written.
In this new film, the audience is introduced to a plethora of new monsters. One of these monsters of course being, Dean Hardscrabble voiced by Dame Helen Mirrin. Her character is the sort of tough, no nonsense, harsh reality character, some people have judged her character as being practically the villain of the piece, which is debatable because she ends up being quite nice at the end of the film.
I did however get a great sense of negativity and dislike towards her character, as she was not meant to be a very likable character anyway, She's just an example of some of the new and interesting characters coming in and there all so well played.
The atmosphere of the film is authentic and atmospheric, to setting the scene of a real life university. The setting is very convincing and well designed. You can tell that the designers had done their research thoroughly, in order to create such an amazing wide scale effect.
Overall I have only good things to say about this film, I came out of the cinema smiling. It's an amazing achievement.
I think Monsters University gets - 8/10. It's up there as one of the best animated films, I've seen so far. Just as good as Despicable Me 2 if not better.
Thank you for reading this review guys, I hope you all enjoyed reading my thoughts of praise and enthusiasm towards this film.
NEXT TIME: I will review 'The Heat' starring Sandra Bullock and Malissa McCarthy - An interesting film, one I have mixed views upon, I will express those thought further when I review the film on Monday the 12th of August 2013.