Wednesday, June 26, 2013


This review was written as a Facebook post and first uploaded on June 23, 2013, on (which explains the opening sentence and the length).

The other new release I watched this weekend is director Dan Scanlon’s Monsters University in 3D. No time to blog a review, so a quick word on the film here: When the voice cast of an animation flick includes Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Helen Mirren and Nathan Fillion, I guess half its battle is won already. Monsters University is sweet, simple fun. It’s not earth-shatteringly great (no, that distinction must go to that all-time classic from Hollywood’s animation stables, The Lion King, and more recently, Cars, Happy Feet and Ratatouille among a handful of others), but it’s still a thoroughly enjoyable film. The prequel to Monsters, Inc, this one takes us back to the origins of the friendship between Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan. For those who’ve not seen the original film, you ought to know that the monsters-under-the-bed that human kids dream of are not a figment of their imagination. Those monsters do exist, and MU is a prestigious university that trains them to be as scarey as possible.

The film is about the underdog desperate for recognition, the pedigreed boy who must discover himself beyond his famous surname, and crucial lessons in leadership (the captain may not be the best player on the team, but should know how to bring out the best in every team member). Don’t cheat. But if you do slip up, make sure you own up to your mistake, pick yourself up and find a way to move on. Make sure you have a Plan B for life. If Plan A does not work out, give your best to Plan B and who knows, it may take you up a fabulous new path or it may even take you right to where you originally wanted to be.

There are tons of other little messages woven into the tale yet, like every good children’s film, Monsters University is subtle plus it does not talk down to juniors. In case your child makes new career plans after watching this film, visit this dead-serious website for an actual MU: J 

Make sure you arrive early for the film since it’s preceded by a loveable animation short called The Blue Umbrella.

My rating (out of 5 stars) for Monsters University: ***

Release date:
June 21, 2013

Dan Scanlon

Voice Cast:


Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Nathan Fillion, Steve Buscemi

CBFC Rating (India):
Running time:
MPAA Rating (US):
95 minutes (as per
G (General)
Release date in the US:
June 21, 2013

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