Here’s an idea: Take a bunch of movie monsters from the 1950s and make them do battle with aliens from outer space.
The crew at Dreamworks Animation took that plot, added 3-D effects and created an entertaining family movie. The result is “Monsters vs. Aliens,” which grossed about $59 million during its opening weekend.
Our story starts with Susan (Reese Witherspoon), who’s about to marry her sweetheart when a meteor falls on top of her. The meteor causes her to grow bigger than the church.
She’s captured and sent to a top secret military base that also holds Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie), The Missing Link (Will Arnett) and B.O.B. the blob (Seth Rogen).
There’s no hope for escape until a hostile and egotistical alien visitor, Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson) arrives. Suddenly Susan, who’s renamed Ginormica, and her friends are enlisted to save the world.
We get to see monsters and aliens destroy the city of San Francisco, and we get thrilling chases on the alien ship. All of the action is punctuated by witty one-liners and sight gags aimed at kids and adults.
There’s also a message about female empowerment that’s hard to miss as Susan learns to accept and enjoy her new life as a super-sized heroine.
On top of that, the 3-D effects are especially cool. Monsters and aliens, plus their battle debris, jump off the screen. People were ducking and dodging in the audience.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel in New Albany.
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