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Monsters Inc. (2001)

Monsters Inc. (2001)

Genre: Animation/Comedy/Adventure

Starring (voice): John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly

All children believe in creepy ghosts or monsters that are lurking around either underneath their bed, behind the curtains or inside the closet. These monsters come out at night and scare the children who then cannot sleep. As we grow older, truth and reality prevails but perhaps that is not always the case. In another parallel world, monsters and other creatures live a life just life ours. They go to school, drive cars, sing and dance and do almost everything that we humans do; except for one thing. The monsters power their world not through natural resources or electricity but through human screams. Scarers, or monsters who have the potential to be very frightening, enter the bedrooms of children at night and scare them. Their screams are collected in canisters that is used to power the monster world. James P. Sullivan (Goodman) is the scariest Scarer at Monsters Inc., a power generation company who is assisted by his best friend, Mike Wazowski (Crystal). The duo are inseparable and together are the best performing employees of the company. Randall Boggs (Buscemi) is James’ arch rival who is yearning to get better than them, but perpetually fails. Humans or their belongings are strictly prohibited inside the monster world, often considered to be dangerous, toxic and lethal. When a two year old girl manages to enter the monster world and takes a liking for James, the two friends face the choice of either sending her back without anyone knowing about it or face complete banishment from the monster world. The most interesting bit about the entire movie is the parallels that were drawn with the human world as against the monster world that made a few instances very interesting to watch. No, it is not a laugh out loud kind of comedy but is still very entertaining and gripping. The bond between Boo and James is touching and when you throw in some very good animation, it is a recipe for a movie you cannot hate.

Thumbs up: Great story and animation

Thumbs down: Maybe a sprinkle of LOL humour, maybe

 

Rating: 7.2/10

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