Parents of young children must regularly make the pilgrimage to the cinema to see the latest and greatest animated movie that's on release.
Mostly, it's dreary fare for the adults. The only compensation being the delight and amusement it seems to give to the children. Occasionally, the movie rises above the dreary. And on even rarer occasions, it soars towards the sublime.
This past weekend, seeing the inauspiciously titled Monsters vs. Aliens by DreamWorks Animation was one of those very rare occasions.
The movie works superbly well for both adults and children. It has a sharp witty script and some wonderful characters. I loved Hugh Laurie's nerdy Dr. Cockroach PhD, Rainn Wilson as the villainous alien Gallaxhar, and Kiefer Sutherland as General W.R. Monger (a play on "warmonger"). Sutherland's voice, incidentally, was unrecogniseable--astonishing given how much of it we've heard in 24, but I guess that's what makes the man a great actor. The movie is full of action and great one-liners, like when the President of the United States (brilliantly played by Stephen Colbert) tells the situation room: "Boys, set the terror level at code brown, 'cause I need to change my pants."
Oh, and it was made in Digital 3D, which makes it an even more fascinating experience. The technology behind 3D movies is pretty fascinating too.