Thursday, April 2, 2009

Monsters versus Aliens (quietly feminist) [[[SPOILERS]]]]

I was watching Monsters versus Aliens (in 3D) and wishing I had Kleenex. No, the movies isn't sad, it was LOUD. OMG BRAIN-HURTING LOUD.




I find it interesting this is basically a story of how a woman becomes huge and powerful and decides not to get married to prat. It is a kind of feminist reimaging of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman where a woman is likewise effected by an alien to become huge and powerful, and ends up killing herself and her unfaithful husband. In this new version Susan decides not to marry her selfish potential husband at all, and goes off to become a kind of superhero. A much better ending.

The previews are rather coy about the actual themes of the movie, playing up the jokes and slapstick. This may well be wise from a marketing perspective, and there is enough laughs and explosions to make any kid (and undemanding adult) happy. But I, for one, am thrilled to see the underlying story arc of this movie--and an honest-to-goodness female hero in a kid's movies aimed at both sexes.

(And the 3D also rocks.)

16 comments:

Sadie said...

That sounds pretty good! I'm glad to know it isn't just another mindless cartoon movie. :)

Karen said...

That is a good angle and very surprising! I will probably catch this one on dvd.

corrin said...

From the previews, I would have had no idea what the actual plot of the movie was! They'd probably get more adults to see it if the previews weren't so slapstick.

MorgansMummy said...

Never heard of the 50 foot woman but the new movie out looked bloody funny. Cracked me up. Oooh I just scared myself BAHAHHA

cady said...

the movie actually looks pretty good. i think my hubby wants to see it.

Linda said...

The 50 ft woman was a classic in a way and glad to see they have transformed her to a super hero! Bout time!

Sam Servedio said...

Can't wait to take the kids to see it!

ALS of Nevada said...

Finally, a woman hero for kids! I will go and see it!

Julie said...

That preview was so weird, but your description was very understandable. COOL, I look forward to seeing this on DVD!

Clyde Durgin said...

I was going to go see that! You should've told me you were going to go. Dammit.... Now who am I going to go see it with?

FACT: The word verification for leaving this comment is "flailme," as in, flail me. No joke.

Emily Veinglory said...

You didn't read the spoilers did you! (as if it isn't obvious from the first 10 seconds of the movie).

I'll go see Invasion of Terra with you instead :)

Clyde Durgin said...

Yeah, I read the spoilers, but a] I've never cared about having endings "ruined" for me and b] it was pretty obvious how things would turn out.

Also, they changed the film's title to "Battle for Terra", and count me in!

BarbaraRae said...

I'll see if my 15 year old grandson might be interested in going. If not then I'll see it on DVD!

Christina thecoffeelady said...

The grandbabies will be here soon.... looks like a good movie to catch with them!

ConnieFoggles said...

I didn't have a clue it had these underlying tones. I can't wait to see it even more now.

Maureen said...

I'm not a monster or alien movie kind of person, but it sounds ok...