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Movie Review: Monster’s Vs Aliens January 19, 2010

Posted by shwaldman in Family, Society.
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Netflix Synopsis: After Susan Murphy (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) is struck by a meteor and grows to be 50-feet tall, she’s captured by the government and shuttled to a secret compound where she meets a team of other monsters — soon to be Earth’s only defense when an alien attacks. Under orders from the president (Stephen Colbert), Susan and her cohorts Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie), the Missing Link (Will Arnett) and B.O.B. (Seth Rogen) set out to save the world.

I think as my child matures and develops into a boy then a man, I am more and more aware of the influences and images he sees everywhere. This was another good PIXAR movie. Their animation is perfect. I am so glad they are able to produce life-like characters that are still cartoony. The story line is maybe my only area of concern. He is getting to the point where I don’t even get the “are aliens real” question, but how do we explain that? At certain early ages, we spend a lot of time comforting our children about how monsters are not real… checking under the bed and in the closet before bed. There was also a lot of fighting and blowing up things…. at the age of the target audience, this can also be problematic.

And my concerns are in the unexplainable. I do not know if there are other beings living, past or present, in our universe. It is hard to comfort a child with an answer like that. When he was around three years old, he got a birthday gift that ended up causing us months of “home-therapy.” A simple Disney storybook with classics like Bambi and others where death is one theme seems too mature for children at ages that we too often present to our children. It took us a couple of weeks to determine this was the cause of fears and concerns in our house.

Okay, I am stepping down from the soapbox. The movie is good. My five year old enjoyed it. I thought Witherspoon and Rogan played fantastic roles and were fun to watch/listen to.



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