Monsters University Reviews
It's not the first movie, but I can't say it's not as good tho either. It's a prequel, so it doesn't actually have to live up to the first film, because chronologically it's first. That being said, what a fun trip to see Mike and Sully become best friends and to meet a whole new legion of monsters that you end up liking just as much as the main characters themselves.
Great Pixar Film!
MU, just like Brave (and unlike Cars 2) is filled with merit, and well worth watching. But in 1995 when Pixar came out swinging with Toy Story, people expect that sort of a trend to continue. Which it did! Right up until 2006, when they released their seventh film (Cars); the first film they'd gotten behind that didn't blow audiences world wide out of the Goddamn water. Pixar's limped up and down the approval ladder ever since, with MU sitting comfortably somewhere in the middle.
It is a great film. Especially for a kids' film, especially for a prequel, all of that, but it is not the return to greatness audiences keep hoping for. It plays it safe, it lulls in the dreary, rarely well-pulled-off format of "College Comedy" (which is again, a safe area to sit in). It may not be as triumphant as the original, but it's not all together disappointing either.
The film does what virtually any film with large amount of money behind it does: It stands in front of you for an hour and a half, does its job in the entertainment industry of "entertaining" you, then it sidles out, leaving you smiling, but not thoroughly satisfied. It takes as few risks as possible, and vehemently avoids anything new, just in case it pisses people off, and risks not making their money back.
It's fine, people of the world are used to this, it's a fun ride, and then it's done. Worth your money, worth your time, but not what people have come to expect from the powerhouse of Pixar's heyday.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The real issue is the story. Sure the University setting is a great way to dabble with some great themes and explore these characters further, but the adventures they find themselves on once that's all established will likely fail to engage for the film's majority.
VERDICT: It packs the charm of the original and has all the right intentions, it's a shame 'Monsters University' fell at one of the most important hurdles.
Monsters University doesn't have that fresh, revolutionary CGI look or the same catchy OST music as did Monsters Inc., and it's not as emotional or dramatic as the original movie, but it's still in my opinion another good film, though not excellent, from Pixar especially regarding the climax where Sulley scares off the human adults and also the crap out of the heartless devil Dean Hardscrabble. So overall, I enjoyed this movie thoroughly, but not as much as Monsters Inc from 2001, it's not an excellent prequel but it's still an acceptable one.
It was also a good set-up for the first movie. It expressed how Mike & Sulivan got to the stage they were in at the start of the first movie.
It was well directed & animated by Dan Scanlon, well produced by Kori Rae and well written by Robert L. Baird & Dan Gerson.
It's nice to watch a movie like this every now and then! Overall, this was a FANTASTIC movie that is TOTALLY worth your time!