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Review: Monsters University

Updated: Friday, June 28 2013, 06:49 PM CDT

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

Grade: B

Well, most of the ground was pretty much covered in what happens in the scary corporation that is called Monsters, Inc. so there's only one way to go; back! This prequel begins with Mike being an elementary school student that takes a field trip with his classmates to Monsters, Inc. This trip sets the stage for his whole life when he realizes that he wants to do nothing else besides be a scarer. So the most esteemed college for this skill is the none other Monsters University. This film may not be as original as it's predecessor, but it's heartfelt and uplifting!

Monsters University follows Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan ("Sulley") as they meet for the first time at Monsters University before they get their jobs at Monsters, Inc. Mike wants to be a scarer. The only problem is no one finds him scary at all. Sulley comes in Monsters University thinking that he can ride on the coattails of his family name, since there were many Sullivans that are famed for their scariness. Mike and Sulley get off on the wrong foot when Sulley is rude to him.

Mike and Sully accidentally destroy an irreplaceable item that belongs to hard nosed centipede, Dean Hardscrabble (voiced by Helen Mirren and based on Scolopendra gigantea), she expels them. When she tells him that he is fooling himself and he won't ever be able to scare anyone, Mike challenges her by saying that he can win the Scare Games. He proposes that if he wins, that she will allow him to finish school. She agrees. Mike joins forces with a fraternity to be part of the Scare Games, so Sulley joins in so that he can get back in school.

Of course, you know what happens don't you, but it's not all predictable and the characters are lovable. You've seen this story many times, but just think of it as a homage to those films instead of thinking of it a ripoff (do you copy, Revenge of The Nerds?). The great thing about this film is the message. It tells you NEVER to give up, even when you think things can't get any better and you have to deal with impossible people, or in this case monsters. It also teaches you to work hard and to do it honestly. If you've been disappointed in the Pixar movies in the last couple of years, this is a step up, but it should be since the characters were already established, so it would have been hard to go wrong.

To watch the trailer, click here:

Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale

A - Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B - Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it's out of the theaters; the story may drag in places

C- Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D - Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc

F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever

Review: Monsters University

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