WRITTEN BY: Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, Dan Scanlon
DIRECTED BY: Dan Scanlon
STARRING: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren
RATING: 2 stars
Children's films are supposed to be funny, cute and adventurous. Unfortunately, Monsters University mostly lacked those three elements. The cute factor from Monsters Inc. has worn off, the humour is almost non-existent and the adventure is reduced to a few average montages. I saw this film with a cinema full of children and not even they were laughing much during the screening.
We may know Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James "Sully" Sullivan (John Goodman) as best friends, but it wasn’t always that way. As we see in this prequel, the mismatched pair of monsters had some major personality clashes when they first met. The film begins with Mike taking an excursion to Monsters Inc. where he decides his life ambition is to become a scarer. Years later, he arrives at Monsters University only to be told he is not scary. He befriends his odd roommate Randall (Steve Buscemi) and begins a rivalry with Sully, who thinks his family reputation of scarers is enough to coast through the class. Things take a terrible turn for the pair when they accidentally destroy a personal item belonging to Dean Hardscrabble (Helen Mirren). They get expelled from the class but Mike makes a deal with the dean that if they win the annual Scare Games they will be allowed back into the class.
One of the better aspects of the film was the actors including Crystal, Goodman, Buscemi and Mirren. Unfortunately, great actors voicing sub-par characters is not enough to sustain a film. I don't think we needed a prequel to the original film. I hope Pixar does not bother with a third instalment.