Cinematic Thoughts for Cinematic Minds
Director: Dan Scanlon
Slurping of drinks, fits of laughter and that’s not even the kids! It’s you, the parents and/or adults watching the comical characters on the big screen. These films are not just for children but they are for the whole family. Monsters University is one of these, a film to share lots of laughter, no matter what the age or gender. Director Dan Scanlon demonstrates his true talent with this film which quite possibly measures up to Director Pete Docter’s ‘Monsters Inc.’, the CGI-animated film we all know and love from 2001.
Monsters University brings back the likes Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) who despite their budding friendship in Monsters Inc. did not always see eye to eyes. We see how their friendship develops as well as the obstacles they quite literally had to face, introducing us to more new and magnificent monsters.
Although Monsters University is a slightly forced prequel, the plot illustrates an enjoyable watch as we see monsters of all shapes and sizes learn the ways of monster life and what it is to be a true “scarer”. Helen Mirren provides a frighteningly good character voice in Dean Hardscrabble, while those of you who just loved the evil Randy from Monsters Inc. may be in for a pleasant surprise with Steve Buscemi playing this time a younger and more innocent Randy. Monsters University is intriguing and keeps you entertained throughout, however I think the excessive promotion for this film in the US created high levels of expectations that it cannot possibly live up to in comparison to the much loved Monsters Inc. Nevertheless, for a fun-filled, entertaining evening with the friends and family give Monsters University a watch. You will be pleasantly surprised.