Growing up with Monsters, Inc., I was anticipating this movie since the first announcement. I'm going off to college this year, and it even had a much greater hype for me. The verdict?
Pixar has been revived.
While it may not have the quality or amount of heart of Up or Toy Story 3, I'm glad that it exists, and brings Pixar back from the "trip and fall" with Cars 2 and slow recovery with Brave.
The film- to me- really started to shine in the third act, right as the "liar revealed" trick was pulled. While it may be an overused cliché, it was handled greatly. When Mike is up for the final competition, I was thinking "Oh, it'll be a big scare and he'll help win their victory." Actually, it was a weak scare, but still managed to get the highest scare, which I thought almost seemed to rob the film of its dignity completely. But when he finds out that Sulley rigged the simulator to make it winnable for anyone (especially for Mike), this was a moment I did not expect. It was a perfect Pixar moment, in terms of how this whole thing was handled.
The message is also unique and extremely adult for a Pixar film, or any film for that matter. The film manages to teach that life is tough, and you don’t always get what you want – regardless of how much you believe you should. The importance of this message cannot be overstated for today’s children (and heck, even for some adults).
While Monsters University does hold some college clichés and a lack of what usually makes a Pixar movie adored and acclaimed by all, it has great character development of both the old and the new (I ADORED Dean Hardscrabble's character- she had a very Anton Ego feel to her), eye-candy animation as usual, and probably Pixar's funniest film to be released as of now. Did we want a prequel? Technically, no. Did we get a downgrade? Heck no.