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'Monsters vs. Aliens' speaks against bad relationships

By Nikki Weingartner     Mar 31, 2009 in Entertainment
Animated movies are known for their hidden messages, from loving someone no matter how they look to putting aside greed. But in the recent release by Paramount-DreamWorks Animation, the hidden message may be something, well hidden.
Love it or hate it, the world of animation continues to spread a greater message via the use of child-oriented films. From the impending doom of earth if we continue on a path to bigger, better and faster as shown by last summer's release of Pixar's Wall-E to the recent release of what is being called apocalyptic turned fun with DreamWorks Animation Monsters vs. Aliens, the message is there. Always a hidden story and the good guys, well they seem to win in the race against that which is bad or selfish.
In summary, the Monsters vs. Aliens movie is a parody on the thrillers of the 1950s, where giant robotic cyclops aliens are sent to destroy the earth at the order of an evil master mind squid-like creature. The only hope for the planet is a secret military prison, similar to that believed to be associated with the United States government's Area 51, that houses a handful of monsters: a science project gone bad turned half cockroach, half genius; a gelatinous mass of blue gooey stuff; a hybrid ape/fish; a giant bug; and a recently added monster named Susan who was hit by a meteor just moments before she was to wed her pompous, arrogant and self-centered journalist/news anchor boyfriend.
Directed by the same guys who led Shrek to a successful and comical end and Shark Tale to a fun loving success, the movie was predicted by Bloomberg to:
delight children without putting their parents to sleep
And it did just that, with the exception of one rude patron snoring loudly during our viewing this past Sunday afternoon. However, the noon nap might have been due to a round of Saturday night partying versus a lack of action or fun. According to, the results for its debut weekend were fairly lucrative, bringing home $59.3 US million, making it the number one grossing movie.
Sure, the blue blob, played by Canada's own Seth Rogen, is true to form with his sense of humor and well, even disgusting antics like playing wall ball mistakenly with his eyeball. And Huge Lorrie, or better known as television's popular medical series' famous Dr. House, shows just how the accidental bug in the machine could lead a life of devastation (can we say The Fly?). Together with their team of haphazard monsters, they have a purpose. So with all of that fighting to save the earth, and cryptic evil plans lurking above, its not really known that the movie has a much bigger tale to tell that involves women and relationships.
On her wedding day, Susan (voice by Reese Witherspoon) is seen talking to her fiance, Derek (voice by Paul Rudd). She is happy about getting away for their honeymoon to France when he breaks the news in arrogant fashion that he, he means "we" have an opportunity for a better job at another news station. Its all about him, he means "them." Disappointed, she puts aside her own feelings and understands that his own personal growth should come first. A sacrifice. Then she sends him inside, as it is bad luck to see the bride, and he yells to her "I love you too, there I said it."
Moments later, she is struck by a meteorite, only to be retrieved by a wipe-wielding mother who cleans her up and sends her down the aisle. But just before they commit to the life-long vows, Susan becomes Ginormica and Derek, well he bolts. She is devastated throughout the show and when finally released from monster prison and allowed to see her family, Derek doesn't show. She realizes that he doesn't care.
It is only in the end that she is able to stand up to him when he returns to her once she is famous and a hero. Lets just say, she is truly an inspiration for any man or woman who has ever been in a relationship with a self-absorbed or narcissistic type. Not a review that I have seen from the critics as of yet.
Although The New York Times didn't give it glowing reviews, calling Rogen's "stoner vibe the best thing" in the movie, the premise that San Francisco, CA is under attack by Rainn Wilson's four-eyed alien character is worth the trip, especially if you have children. Not all theaters are 3-D capable, and for this reviewer, we missed that feature. However, if you have the option, go for it as I understand dodging the bouncing ball and watching the Golden Gate Bridge crumble set a record for opening 3-D movies at IMAX Theaters nationwide.
One-liners and random humor make this a good find if you are looking for something to do for an hour and half. For those in the adult-age range, you will love the memories of the keyboard and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
So consider yourself now in a "code brown."
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