Director: Dan Scanlon
Writer: Dan Scanlon, Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson
Prequel to: Monsters, Inc.
Cast: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Peter Sohn, Joel Murray, Sean Hayes, Dave Foley, Charlie Day, Alfred Molina,
Tyler Labine, Nathan Fillion, Aubrey Plaza, Bonnie Hunt, John Krasinski, Bill Hader
Ever since he was a little kid, Mike (Billy Crystal) dreamed of becoming a scarer. Even though he’s not particularly scary, he applied himself and got into Monsters University. But competition is fierce and there are just some scarers who seem more naturally suited to the task – like Sully (John Goodman). The two of them quickly become rivals, until circumstances force them to work together.
Monsters University was nice. It was not as good as the first one, but the sequels rarely are. And it had enough good things to keep you very entertained.
I have to admit that I’m more of a Sully girl than a Mike girl and that the focus was on Mike wasn’t really my thing. It was also kind of weird to go backwards in the world and that it all revolves around scaring again. I thing I would have like a sequel to Monsters, Inc. more than a prequel.
But those are things that were clear from the beginning. That’s what the film set out to be and it’s kinda hard to fault it for it. What I can fault it for, though, is that it just isn’t as smart and emotionally touching as Monsters, Inc. It’s fun and nice but it doesn’t go as deep. Not that there aren’t any good things about it.
One of my favorite things was how Mike meets Randall (Steve Buscemi) and how Mike basically makes him look like the shifty character he is later with two little sentences. I also loved Nathan Fillion (perfect casting was perfect) and Helen Mirren, of course, who was exactly the right mix of scary and awesome.
There were some really nice gags and a whole lot of great moments. I can imagine that it is a rather accurate, if a little stereotypical representation of campus life (not that I’d know). Plus, the different monsters were amazingly creative – the character design alone was worth watching.
Summarising: Watch it, just don’t expect it to be great.