Movie Shout Out: Monsters vs Aliens
My family had a pretty good time seeing this. There are just not enough movies that you can go to with your kids and be entertained. More often than not, I am dreading my choices. Last weekend I artfully dodged the task of having to go see Race to Witch Mountain with my kids. I just couldn’t do it. I have fantastic memories of the film and did not want them tainted by “The Rock”. In case you haven’t figured it out, I am a gigantic film snob. Whatever you want to see is your own business, but please don’t subject me to it.
I realize I ooze of hypocrisy because I love horror movies. I guess I need to re- think that and say I am particular about what I watch, crap or not. The reason I wanted to see this is because I was listening to the Filmspotting weekly podcast and they indicated they had found this to be an empowering movie for women, and that they enjoyed seeing this movie with their kids.
I must stress I did not see the 3-D version of this movie, but it was still stunning to look at. Many times I kept marveling over the lifelike detail, especially the way hair moved, or how textures were so rich. The action sequences rivaled those of any live action film. This movie had a great cast including (but not limited to) Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Hugh Laurie and Seth Rogan. Everyone did a great job, in particular Seth Rogan. His goofiness was a perfect fit for his character B.O.B.
The basic plot is that after encountering a meteorite, Susan (Witherspoon) is rendered a giant mutant with super human strength. She is locked up with other “monsters” at a top secret government facility. When an evil alien threatens earth, the government relies on Susan and the monsters to exterminate the threat.
Reese Witherspoon’s character Susan comes to realize she can and does accomplish more without her fiance in her life. Her character has a journey of self discovery, and finds strength and confidence she never knew she possessed. Devastated at first by being separated from her wimpy fiance, she ultimately kicks him to the curb after getting a taste of her new found independence. I think it’s important that little girls see this type of message throughout their lives. There are far too few movies with strong female role models. I was quite disappointed that they felt the need to put a body on Susan that would make Barbie look like a lard-ass. It was seriously distracting, and an odd choice to make when they were obviously trying to have a strong female lead. . It sent very mixed messages.
There were lots of winks and nods to other movies of the sci-fi genre, and clever references sprinkled throughout. All in all a pretty enjoyable afternoon at the movies.