Catching "Monsters University" on the big screen - especially in 3D, where prices skyrocket to as much as $20 per showing - was an exercise in inflated expectations. The whimsy of its predecessor carries through the film, mostly on the performances of Billy Crystal and John Goodman. But the plot is weak; and worse, repetitive. It’s the story of a bunch of misfit monsters who band together in an attempt to win a university contest (and self-esteem), led by the competing personalities of Mike Wazowski and James Sullivan. In the cinemas, the film felt a bit tired and overly stretched; not the kind of experience you’d prefer at that price. But in the Blu-ray comfort of your home, it’s a joy to experience and comes at the right price point.
The film is funnier than "Monsters Inc.," which will make the little ones squeal with delight. And from a diversity point of view, "University" has what the earlier film lacked: a nearly exhaustive supply of weird, unique, novel monsters (no more spying the same beasties from the scare floor in the restaurant in town). Special features are also entertaining, as always - especially some of the cut scenes, such as when Mike and Sully meet in grade school. And if the film can be delightfully compared with "Revenge of the Nerds," that’s ok: I’ll take nerdy monsters over nerdy people any day.
Special Features Included ::
• Campus Life - What’s it like being on a production crew at Pixar? Get a look at a day in the life of the "Monsters University" crew through their own eyes.
• Story School - This documentary examines the challenges of creating a prequel as well as themes that run through the story, and the change in focus from Sulley to Mike. We’ll also look at how gags are developed - from writing jokes to brainstorming a million ideas, only 5% of which actually end up in the movie.
• Scare Games - At Pixar, we play hard while we work. The same people who keep the film production moving - producers, managers, coordinators and artists - are also the ones who bring spirit and excitement to some of our extracurricular activities. We check out the MU production teams as they go head to head in the mostly playful Pixar Scare Games competitions.
• Welcome to MU - Sets aren’t just buildings, they are the worlds our characters live in and explore. This look at the Monsters University campus and its development is told from the perspective of the artists who created each piece of the campus from the architecture to the ivy leaves. .