BY MICHELLE MEDFORD
Mike Wazowski is back! Well, so are Sully and Randall, but who doesn’t like saying Mike Wazowski’s name? If you don’t already know this about me, Monsters Inc. is my favourite Pixar movie of all time, and I’ve rewatched it a few zillion times since it came out a dozen years ago. Yes, a dozen years! I can’t believe it’s been that long. But I’m glad it’s taken that long and that it didn’t immediately spiral into a cheap, money-making series with unwarranted sequels (as they sometimes do with children’s movies). I’m also glad that after 12 years, the charm of the original still lives on and got everyone super-psyched for its follow-up.
I went to the Disney store a couple months ago and almost couldn’t resist buying a Monsters University water canteen (but I’m still looking for a Mike Wazowski t-shirt, so you can let me know if you find one). And upon leaving the movie, I saw some kids with Sully stuffed toys and I was so tempted to get one myself. Can you tell that these movies bring out my inner child?
I knew that the theatre would be busy and full of children when I went to see this movie on opening day (I have been counting the days…), which I was a little worried about going in. “How many crying babies do you think we’ll hear during the movie?” I asked my sis. But when I got into the full theatre of kids gabbing about Boo and Mike Wazowski, I just felt at home with my peeps. (And we only heard one crying baby, well before the pre-show even began.)
Anyway, I’ll stop talking about my love of Monsters and get to the movie. I will say, it was good. It was not as good as Monsters Inc., which is an impossibility, but it was as good as I expected it to be.
If you don’t know (and, in which case, you probably don’t care, but I’ll tell you anyway), Monsters University tells Mike and Sully’s story pre-Monsters Inc., about how they became the top monsters at the most sought-after company in the monster world, after getting into the most prestigious university in the monster world.
This movie created some lovable new characters and returns from unforgettable favourites in a touching story about friendship and teamwork, which is expected. However, what’s unexpected is the film’s message about taking your own route to success. I won’t get into it to prevent spoiling it, but it has a message I’ve never seen in a children’s movie. It’s actually kind of risky and anti-institutional. It’s strange and I like it, but I’m not sure young minds will take it the same way. But maybe it won’t even register (I know The Little Mermaid‘s story about changing who you truly are didn’t register with me as a kid).
There was also a little something missing without Boo, and I think that’s the biggest fault in this movie. There was something that her cuteness and curiosity brought to the original and a little something deeper than the surface story that we didn’t get time around. Aside from that, I think Monsters University gave everyone what they wanted, judging by the auditorium’s reaction: kids clapping and adults laughing louder than kids.
Although Monsters Inc. is still my favourite, I know I’ll be following up my re-watches with Monsters University. And I may be heading back to the Disney store…