by R.C. Samo
All Mike Wazowski (voice: Billy Crystal) ever wanted to do since elementary school was to grow up, attend Monsters University and become the greatest scarer in history. At the same time, James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman), was resting on his father’s legacy and skating by. Their chance meeting in Scare School, pitted Wazowski’s book smarts, against Sulley’s instincts.
When Dean Hardscrabble (voice: Helen Mirren) kicks Mike out of the program for not being scary and Sulley for not living up to his potential, the two must reluctantly team up, joining the most hapless fraternity on campus, Oozma Kappa (OK) and win the Scare Games against rival fraternity, Roar Omega Roar lead by Johnny (voice: Nathan Fillion) and Mike’s former roommate Randy (voice: Steve Buscemi) to earn their spots back into the scaring program. The duo learns the value of teamwork, compassion and the true meaning of brotherhood.
Rarely does a prequel do justice to the original, but for those who grew up watching the Monsters, Inc. will be more than pleased with the final result as they, like Mike and Sulley enter college. Parents will be able to enjoy this family film as it touches on several college experiences that will spark a few memories, especially those who were Greek.
Take Revenge of the Nerds, add several familiar creatures, some amazing Pixar animation, a fun script, set the blender to puree and you have Monsters University, a fun, family film that adults can enjoy without their kids.
Monsters University opens nationwide Friday, June 21, 2013
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