We’ve been hearing about this movie for months now. Disney dedicated an entire summer (#monstroussummer) to these characters and this weekend, Monsters University finally opens at theaters nationwide.
Does it live up to the hype?
In my humble opinion, I believe that yes, it absolutely does.
Here’s the brief synopsis: Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.
This movies was FANTASTIC! To be honest, I don’t know what I expected, but I was delightfully surprised by how much I enjoyed the film. I actually think it’s better than the first film, which I also really liked.
I took my four year old to see the movie and crossed my fingers that it wouldn’t be too scary for him. It is, after all, based entirely on monsters and the art of scaring. But I needn’t have worried. He told me “it was SOOO good and really funny.”
And while the messages I took home from the movie were wonderful and important for children of all ages, I’m pretty sure they went right over his sweet, four year old head.
Here’s what I left the theater with –
YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO.
DON”T LET OTHERS TELL YOU WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT DO.
All Mike wants to do is be a “scarer”. But he has one fatal flaw – he’s not actually that scary. But with a lot of ooomph, hard work and determination, he makes his dream a reality, albeit not in the fashion that he originally thought.
I am pretty sure that every adult who sees this film with their children will enjoy it. You can’t go wrong with a funny, poignant movie that encourages children to own up to their mistakes, teaches them how to be a good friend and to work hard for their dreams.
So what are you waiting for? Get your kids to the next matinee showing!
Fantastic job Disney! I’m stoked to see what you come up with next.
Monsters University is rated G and has a running time of 103 minutes.