Film review – Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

29 March 2009

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The latest film to boast both state-of-the-art computer animation and 3D effects is Monsters vs. Aliens from Dreamworks. The premise is as simple as its title suggests – when aliens invade earth the government fight back with a bunch of monsters that they have been secretly hiding from the rest of the population. The monsters are all loosely based on classic 1950s horror monsters. There is a giant woman, a giant insect, a mad scientist who has turned himself into a cockroach, a gelatinous blob and a reptile man. The alien invaders and their robotic warriors also evoke 1950s science-fiction classics such as The War of the Worlds, It Came from Outer Space and The Day the Earth Stood Still. The result is a fun blend of action and humour yet the film can only really be described as mildly entertaining.

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Film review – Bolt (2008)

2 January 2009

Bolt is the new computer generated animation from the Walt Disney Animation Studios, conceived and produced under the guidance of John Lasseter who directed the Pixar classics Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2 and Cars. While Bolt doesn’t quite contain the same charm and slick storytelling that defines the Pixar films, it is still a mostly enjoyable film that should appeal to all ages.

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