Monsters University Review
Essentially, Monsters University is a Pixar version of American Pie albeit without the rude bits. After being introduced to the young and idealistic Mike we are transported to those halcyon days of college complete with bitter rivalries, crippling anxiety and parties that you were never invited to. Ahhh, those were the days.
The animation in Monsters University is truly remarkable. One particular element that offers an extreme diversity to the screen is a focus on texture. Each of the monsters, of which there are many, each have their own unique and terrifying attributes such as coarse fur, slimy suckers or prickly mandibles. Add to this an ability to give depth to the picture through the use of opaque tones and a fluidity rarely seen and you have a setting that feels remarkable physical. For all its whimsy, the Monsters University world feels very real.
Upon hearing Billy Crystal and John Goodman in the same scene, the film immediately develops heart. If someone were to tell me that they were mortal enemies, I'd be nothing short of astonished. Their chemistry is electric which leaves you feeling as though you've just hung out with old friends. Additional voices of an incredible calibre such as Helen Mirren, Nathan Fillion, Aubrey Plaza and the delightful Joel Murray all make appearances and leave an indelible mark on the Monsters franchise. Long time collaborator, Randy Newman, returns as composer and delivers a lighter, younger and fresher soundtrack than its predecessor although it doesn't quite leave as memorable an impression.
Monsters University is in Australian cinemas from 20 June 2013.