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Monsters Vs Aliens (PG)

PUBLISHED: 17:36 03 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:31 24 August 2010

by Alex Wellman I hate Shrek. I cannot stand the green faced idiot and the fact that the studio behind the film is reportedly making a fourth movie fills this revie

by Alex Wellman

www.monstersvsaliens.com

I hate Shrek.

I cannot stand the green faced idiot and the fact that the studio behind the film is reportedly making a fourth movie fills this reviewer with dread.

What started out as a fantastic dig at saccharine Disney nonsense turned into that which it first parodied.

With that, my tent has always been pitched in the Pixar (Toy Story, W.A.L.L-E) camp and not the Dreamworks (Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third) camp.

So it was with trepidation that I approached the latter's latest computer animation Monsters Vs Aliens.

How foolish I was.

In short this film is an absolute blast with cracking gags, fantastic visuals and a hell of a lot of heart...all in 3D.

The premise? Well, for those who can't work it out from the title somehow, it involves a bunch of monsters captured by the Government being pitted against an Alien being intent on taking over planet Earth.

Central to the monsters campaign is Ginormica (Reese Witherspoon), formerly Susan and their latest unwilling recruit who, on her wedding day, is struck by an irradiated meteorite which makes her grow seemingly 50ft.

The film really is a loving nod to the drive-in 'B' movies of the 1950s where strange beings form other planets threaten life on ours.

The main monsters are Bob (Seth Rogen), a gelatinous mound which has no brain (read The Blob), Dr Cockroach (Hugh Laurie), a mad scientist whose experiment goes wrong turning him into a...cockroach (read The Fly) and the Missing Link (Will Arnett), a scaly green fish like creature with great strength and an eye for the ladies (read Creature from the Black Lagoon).

Add to this Insectosaurus, a gigantic fluffy insect (read the Japanese Mothra) and the afore mentioned Ginormica (read Attack of the 50ft Woman) and you have a monster mash of a hit.

With 3D firmly back on the movie agenda, this is certainly the very best so far.

Planets fly into you as balls bounce past your face and the Golden Gate Bridge crumbles by your ear.

There is the odd complaint that there is not enough character development and an obvious trimming of the script to bring run time down, but forget this.

Get down to your nearest cinema asap, chuck a pair of 3D specs on and sit back and watch Dreamwork's best film to date.

alex.wellman@archant.co.uk


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