Friday, June 21 2013, 12:23 PM MDT
Movie Review: Monsters University
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Dan Scanlon
Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Recommended To: Those looking for a good, but not great, prequel to Pixar’s brilliant Monsters Inc.
Synopsis: Before Mike and Sulley were decorated Monsters Inc. employees they were misfit students with clashing personalities at Monsters University.
Review: Prequels are difficult to pull off. The major problem is that in most cases the audience already knows where the story is heading and as a result it’s very difficult to create and sustain any sort of tension. The playful danger that made Monsters Inc. such a thrill is all but lost here. It almost doesn’t matter how the story plays out; we already know the future is bright for Mike and Sulley. Still, it’s a nice origins story and certainly will entertain those who seek it out. It just isn’t nearly as endearing (due in large part to the absence of Boo) or as adventurous as the original. At least it is leaps and bounds better than Cars 2 was.
-Ryan Michael Painter