Monsters University – Movie Review
I have to admit, I came into this film with high hopes. Monsters Inc was the first VHS I personally owned and I love the film to bits. While University doesn’t quite live up to the awesomeness of Inc, it is a pretty entertaining waste of a few hours.
The story focuses mostly on a young Mike Wazowski, who after visiting Monsters Inc on a field trip, decides he wants to be a scarer. He dedicates his childhood to this dream and, ten or so years later, enrols in Monsters University to realise that dream. Mike knows everything there is to know about scaring, on paper at least. The trouble he comes up against is – does he have ‘it’? Also in Mike’s class is the cocky layabout Sully, who thinks he can breeze through the class simply by being a Sullivan. This was all I knew about the film going in, and it seems pretty thin BUT it then takes a bit of a left turn when both Mike and Sully flunk out of class, and have to join a failing fraternity to enter the Scare Games and win a place back on the course. Enter a group of misfits who all want to scare but aren’t all that scary. What follows is an hour or so of training and shenanigans, with Mike finally realising his true calling is in teaching, and Sully to realise that there’s more to scaring that just going ‘rraaawr’. There’s also an adventure into the human world.
I’m going to have to take Monsters Inc out of the equation in order to judge Monsters University fairly. It’s a good film. It’s solid, and will certainly keep your under twelves entertained. There are even a few references of things to come, especially in the credits montage. Mike is still Mike and Sully is still Sully. The additional characters are all a great addition – listen out for Nathan Fillion as the head of the Jock fraternity. Helen Mirren as Dean Hardscrabble is also a brilliant fit.
Rating: 4/5 Raging Nerds