Monsters University is a film that shows the dedication of hard-work, friendship and the party-lifestyle at University. Some monsters are book-smart, whilst others are more creative, each are individual and all have their own unique surprises in store.

Monsters University is about Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James. P Sullivan (John Goodman), who are at University  trying to become majors in”Scaring”. We delve into the relationship that Mike and Sulley had at University and explore how they weren’t necessarily the best of friends to begin with.

Mike is the star of the story, as we see his inspiration of becoming a top “Scarer”, however he is mostly book-smart and not scary enough to achieve the screams that the city needs! Whilst Sulley, because of the reputation of his Dad, is under pressure to not tarnish the family name. (And of course to do well).

Monsters University is full of surprises and the comedy factor is full of Mike and Sulley’s charm. With both old and new faces joining the team: Randall (Steve Buscemi), Terri (Sean Hayes) and Terry (Dave Foley), Art (Charlie Day), Johnny Washington (Nathan Fillion) and Frank McCay (John Krasinski). Even Roz, CDA’s Agent #00001 makes a special appearance.

A character that is utmost surprising and gave a stunning performance was Dean Hardscrabble (Helen Mirren). Helen Mirren can sure kick-ass and bring a feisty female character into the monster world.

Monsters University is captivating and “Monsterly” good. The way that it contains subtle adult humour and involves the old and new audiences to Monstropolis is why this film is the best prequel that Pixar has ever done. (Although IT IS the FIRST prequel that Pixar have done, it is raising the bar right up there).

Even The Blue Umbrella short-film accompaniment was breathtakingly good, which was about a blue umbrella in rainy New York City looking for his one true love, a red umbrella.

Monster University is a film for all ages and will be enjoyed by everyone, it will make you laugh, cry  both sad and happy tears, be totally scared and utterly surprised. In the words of Mike Wazowski, “I’ve been waiting for this my whole life!”

Date Publish of Review - 15/07/2021