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- Monsters University (2013) reviewed by Amy Lane
Monday, November 4, 2013
Monsters University (2013)
Cast: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren
Director: Dan Scanlon
Synopsis: The prequel to Monsters Inc. brings you back to when the dynamic scaring duo, Mike and Sully, first met in college. After a series of events, Mike and Sully are kicked out of the scaring program at their university and are forced to work together if they ever hope to get back into the program. Because of their differences they do not get along at first but when forced to stick together, Mike and Sully realize that they have more in common than they ever thought before.
Reviewer's Rating: 3.5/5 Reels
A different director than the original film, Dan Scanlon, brings this animated comedy to life. Known as a writer for the Pixar film Cars, Scanlon finally gets his foot in the door in directing when taking on this prequel to one of the most loved animated movies.
This movie immediately starts off with nostalgia with the reintroduction of characters we all know and love including Mike, Sully, and Randall. References to the previous film are also made such as the epic walk-in scene of the “scarers” and Mike’s head being cut off in his ID picture. These scenes flood the viewer with childhood memories of our favorite moments and jokes with characters we already know so well.
Monsters University is the perfect example of the underdog story. Mike, the classic nerd figure, is kicked out of scaring school because despite all of his knowledge about scaring, he is not scary enough. Sully, the classic jock figure, on the other hand is kicked out because his grades are not up to par. The two have to team up with a group of misfits in order to win a bet made with the dean of the university to let them back into the scaring program.
Even twelve years after the original movie, this film stays true to the comedic nature of the original and the personalities of the characters. But the film was able to grow with its audience through the more mature setting of a university that may not be as suitable for children, unlike Monsters Inc. was when the audience was at a younger age. I believe that the director, Scanlon, balanced beautifully nostalgic memories of a film we hold so dearly while revealing new sides of our “fictional friends” Mike and Sully.
By Amy Lane