Still mon­strously good af­ter 11 years

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - The Guide -

sy, which taps into uni­ver­sal fears of crea­tures un­der the bed, en­joys an­other joy­ous moment in the spot­light.

Mon­sters, Inc. has lost none of its power to charm in the eye- pop­ping for­mat. The cli­matic chase through rows of chil­dren’s doors is es­pe­cially thrilling with the added depth of vi­sion.

James P Sul­li­van, aka Sul­ley ( voiced by John Good­man), and best friend Mike Wa­zowski ( Billy Crys­tal) are top of their gameinthechild­scar­ing busi­ness.

Work­ing out of Mon­sters Inc, the largest scream­pro­cess­ing fac­tory in Mon­stropo­lis, the fun- l ov­ing dou­ble- act scare count­less un­sus­pect­ing mop­pets by leap­ing out of wardrobes.

Mon­stropo­lis is pow­ered by hu­man screams so it is im­per­a­tive that Sul­ley and his col­leagues meet their daily tar­gets. Alas, 21st cen­tury chil­dren are in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to spook - must be the over­ex­po­sure to vi­o­lent tele­vi­sion pro­grammes and video games - so the city is in the grip of a fuel cri­sis.

Henry J Water­noose ( JamesCoburn), bossatMon­sters, Inc., is acutely aware that the fate of thou­sands rests with his em­ploy­ees.

Hu­mans are for­bid­den in the mon­ster world - they are con­sid­ered a health risk - so when Sul­ley ac­ci­den­tally brings a hu­man girl named Boo into Mon­stropo­lis, hell breaks loose.

Mon­sters, Inc. is pure, un­abashed feel- good fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment, boast­ing­daz­zling vi­su­als, lovable characters and a script crammed to burst­ing with gags. The level of de­tail on the main characters still daz­zles 11 years af­ter the film’s orig­i­nal re­lease.

Good­man and Crys­tal are on top form, lend­ing their dis­tinc­tive vo­cals to their un­for­get­table part­ners in crime. The screen­play pro­vides them with plenty of big laughs, but the ad- libs are equally hi­lar­i­ous.

Stay for the­hi­lar­i­ous endof- cred­its out- takes, com­plete with fluffed lines and col­laps­ing scenery.

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