Sunday, January 12, 2014

Monsters University (2013)

IMDb plot summary: A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.
Directed by Dan Scanlon. Starring Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and Helen Mirren.

Let me preface this by saying two things that are quite possibly influencing my opinion: 1) Monsters, Inc. is my favorite Pixar movie, and 2) I really, really hate prequels.

This movie isn't *bad*, but it just feels lazy. There's nothing about this movie that enhances or enriches the first movie, and it's not terribly creative or interesting on its own either. It's an old rehash of an old trope-filled story without any real surprises or originality. It lacks both the heart and the laughs of most Pixar movies. On the plus side, it also doesn't try to cram in as many tired pop culture references as a bad Dreamworks movie would. In the end, we got something on about the same level as Cars - it's not obnoxious, but it is wholly unnecessary and completely uninspired. I'll probably forget it within a week. Very disappointing follow-up to what I still think is the best Pixar flick of all time. 2.5 stars.

Flickchart: #899 out of 1985, below Stepmom and above The Dinner Game.

Rent it on Amazon for $4.99.

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