by Laurent Kelly
Monsters Inc (2001) – Director: Pete Docter and David Silverman Screenplay: Andrew Stanton and Daniel Gerson Starring: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Tibbs, Steve Buscemi, James Cobum, Jennifer Tilly Oscar Count: (1) – Best Song (Randy Newman – “If I didn’t have you”)
Henry J Waternoose: “Kids these days. They just don’t get scared like they used to.”
SYNOPSIS: The monster’s city power is generated by scaring children although the monsters themselves live in fear of contamination. Hence when one enters the world of Montropolis all hell starts to break loose.
I consider Monsters Inc to be a pretty flawless kids movie. It establishes a wildly imaginative and unique arena filled with lovely endearing details that absorb you into the heart of the story. The concept is clever and original and the story whacky whilst always grounded in a heart-filled emotional journey.
The film relies on numerous set-pieces all of which are fascinating in their construction and admirably creative. This is helped by a set of distinct and brilliantly realised characters that are brought to life through the voices of a very talented cast who help to maintain the film’s tremendous energy levels throughout. What really prevails in Monsters Inc is the sense of fun which just radiates from the screen and makes for such a warm and engaging cinematic experience.
I am slightly dissapointed to learn that a sequel is in the works as I am very fond of the film’s subtlely crafted, ambigious ending.
STANDOUT PERFORMANCE: Steve Buscemi as frustrated monster Randall Bloggs. Mischief and hillarity ensue in equal measure.
DID YOU KNOW? There was a leaked news story in 2001 that Monsters Inc would feature the trailer for the dullathon that was Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. As a result the film benefited from hundreds of Star Wars fans who paid the admission charge just to see the trailer.