Review: Some friendships start early on in life, the ones that stay forever, the ones you reminisce long after you’ve passed out from school/college and gotten busy in your respective lives. Monsters University
is the start of one such friendship – between James P. Sullivan and Mike Wazowski – the friendly neighborhood monsters, and star performers in their job at Monsters Inc. It all started with the usual flippant introduction, a few dreamy-eyed monster boys who aimed at becoming the World’s scariest monsters. Well, all doesn’t turn out the same way for all of them, they are destined for other things, but as a team. There is less one may have achieved by simply being a one man army. And it’s the same thing you shall see in this prequel to the hugely popular Disney movie, Monsters Inc. that released more than a decade ago.
Why it is special you may ask? Honestly speaking, there is nothing above average you shall find in this one. It is just competition all the way, college students divided into teams that they shan’t betray, the ‘outcasts’ becoming the heroes eventually along with the testing times that come in a friendship.
This is not really a story about monster boys in the monster world going to college etc., this is the story of Mike Wazowski – the one-eyed monster and Sully’s best friend – and how they actually came about. What disappointed me was not the okay-ish animation, or the average storyboard, but the failure to use the best possible technology to give this film an edge above others in terms of graphics if not anything else. Take a few Disney (Pixar studios) films made in the 90s, and compare it to this film. There is The Toy Story trilogy, then there is this.
Speaking of which, the story seemed to have dragged all the way, nothing save a few laughs here and there gave me a jaw-dropping experience, as do most films about inanimate objects or fictional characters that come to life with a swish and flick, better still, the push of a few buttons on giant-size machines. It would make for an entertaining watch for kids nonetheless. However, it is a huge disappointment for Animated film lovers, someone like Yours Truly. What we need is a few good films from one of the best Animation Studios in the world in the next few months.