I don’t think I’ve ever seen a kids movie so consistently funny and purely entertaining. Every character was distinct and I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite. I was pleasantly surprised by how many LEGO franchises made cameos. And the animation blew me away. The dedication to keeping everything 100% LEGO produced astounding cohesion and immersion. A definite candidate for best film of 2014.
I’m not sure why they thought a parody of college life would make for a good PG film, and most of its problems stem from that. The animation is still top notch, most notably when in the “human world,” and the busy scenes full of monsters were beautiful. The new characters were a motley pile of “OK” with the exception of Dean Hardscrabble, whose design was sheer awesomeness. Naturally, the talented voice cast did a great job. Unfortunately, Pixar is just no longer a standard, and Monsters University is just another unnecessary sequel. Futurama’s “Mars University” episode remains the best animated college story.
It was like watching Independence Day with the characters from Top Gun, but with the most amazingly awesome giant monsters cinema has ever seen. Unlike other loud summer films, like say Transformers, the action was nice and fluid, slow enough to feel the punches and, more importantly, follow the action. It had all the best things from the giant monster and/or mech genres, but without most the faults, and with more fun than any of them.
There were some good, if predictable, scenes, but too many characters to establish. I don’t think they needed three sets of bosses and employee. Two bosses would’ve been fine for the story but I guess it needed some sexiness so Aniston’s character was shoved in. Spacey plays a good crazy though, and Jamie Foxx’s pseudo-grittiness was a great foil to the protagonists’ suburban dialog.