An entire eleven years after the release of Monsters Inc. comes Monsters University; the sequel (yet in actuality, prequel) to the smash hit Disney animated adventure following the antics of monster best buds, Sulley and Mike.
Released in the summer of 2013, Monsters University takes us back to when Mike (once again voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (once again voiced by John Goodman), begin their college years. Both are accepted to MU, Monstropolis’ top rated school for scarers-to-be; Mike is eager to learn and get started on the career path he has dreamt of since he was a little boy… Sulley on the other hand is slightly more laid back in his approach – he does after all come from a world-famous family of scarer’s.
It soon becomes clear that Mike and Sulley aren’t yet as close as we the audience would perhaps imagine. Yet, when participation in the seemingly light-hearted Scare Games soon morphs into the possibility of the ill-fitted pair being kicked out of the college, the pair are forced to put their differences aside and work together to save each other’s futures.
Depending on an individual’s thoughts toward prequels, ultimately decides whether or not you will enjoy this film; some dislike prequels as they make the plot somewhat limiting, whereas others greatly enjoy them as they are given a glimpse into the lives of characters, that show how they came to be.
Despite whichever of the above categories you yourself fall into, I urge you to give Monsters University a go… as long as you enjoyed Monsters Inc. that is! As with the first film, this films main theme is friendship, and said theme is taken one step further with the setting of college. In addition, this film also deals with the themes of expectations and coming of age.
But it’s not all aimed at maturity and becoming a well-rounded being; there’s also plenty of fun to be had in the form of numerous new characters and tonnes of new monsters for the little ones to enjoy… and of course there are also countless one liners and comedic moments that will undoubtedly provide you with belly-laughs, galore.
In conclusion; yes this film is predictable, yes it has plot-holes and yes, given its prequel status some may class it as lazy, easy money or a waste of time. However, if you love Disney Pixar movies, enjoy prequels and love the characters of Mike and Sulley and the bond that they share, then Monsters University is most definitely worth a watch!
Running time – 104 minutes
Certificate – U
Certificate – U