After 12 years the characters we all loved from Monsters Inc are back! This time Pixar has given us a prequel to the previous film so we can see how Mike and Sulley became the monsters we know and love.
So Mike Wazowski (brilliantly voiced by Billy Crystal) is determined to get his dream job and become a scarer, however despite his intense studying he’s just not that scary. When he goes to Monsters University to studying scaring he comes into conflict with the naturally gifted but lazy and arrogant Sulley (John Goodman). Will the two be able to graduate and become friends or will they flunk out and never reach their dreams?
Well, this being a prequel we know how some aspects of this story will work out, so there isn’t much tension to be had. Nevertheless Monsters University is such fun you probably won’t linger on these small details.
Mike is as funny and loveable as he was in the first film, and Sully…well he’s a bit of a douche. Which is a shame as I wanted the more likeable Sully that we know and love. But this is all about character developement, so we get to see how his friendship with Mike changes the way he behaves and treat others.
There are so many fun characters in the film its impossible to have any favourites but theres plenty of monsters old and new to enjoy. Helen Mirren’s Professor Hardscrabble is appropriatly terrifying and stern, a great foil for our heros to contend with. And the Oozma Kappa team that Mike and Sully end up with are a thoroughly enjoyable bunch of losers who soon prove their worth. Its also good to see Randall (Steve Buscemi) showing up as Mike’s college roommate!
Monsters University is a good film, but its not a brilliant one like Pixar’s other films including Monsters Inc. Toy Story had amazing sequels whereas Cars 2 was just as boring as its predocessor. With Finding Dory on the way it doesn’t seem like spin-off features will be going anytime soon. But I miss the original stories Pixar gives us, and I hope they go back to them soon. However this film is closer in quality to Toy Story 2 and 3 rather than Cars 2. And the short film The Blue Umbrella is wonderful. So Pixar is still in my good books…for now.
Rating 3.5/5- Great viewing for both kids and adults although not quite Pixar at its best