“Monsters University” (Animation/Adventure: 1 hour, 43 minutes)
Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Helen Mirren
Director: Dan Scanlon
Movie Review: A sequel to “Monsters, Inc.” (2001), “Monsters University” rivals its prequel. This is a rarity in moviedom. Rarely do sequels equal or surpass their prequels.
Audiences have a chance to see Michael ‘Mike’ Wazowski (Crystal) and James P. ‘Sulley’ Sullivan (Goodman) for a semester as freshmen in college. They have to prove they can scare children with the best scare majors or face being expelled from the university by scare legend Abigail Hardscrabble (Mirren), Dean of the School of Scaring at Monsters University.
These characters may be monsters, but they are likable. They provide a legitimate humanity that makes them inviting. Additionally, there are the talents of Crystal and Goodman who respectively voice the green, one-eyed Sullivan and the big and furry Wazowski. The two work well together as a team. Even more, they are witty as a comedic pair.
Multitudes of other, new characters make debuts. The best is Helen Mirren. She creepily voices the intimidating Dean Hardscrabble with keenness.
“Monsters, Inc.” was very comical. Although plenty of laughs are still there, “Monsters University” is more dramatic than funny for many scenes. That dramaticism is not a negative. It is a positive aspect that distinguishes “Monsters University” as its own sequel-prequel story. It provides enough entertainment to charm all audiences with comedy and those impressive dramatic moments.
Grade: B (Enroll now.)