A charming comedy that follows the journey of several monsters into the exciting and intimidating first-time college experience, Monsters University brings back the adored one-eyed monster Mike (Billy Crystal) and his scary best friend Sulley (John Goodman).
The animated movie takes the audience back in time to the duos' initial rivalry and to the events leading up to them landing a job at Monsters Inc.
The movie is told from the shy and outcast Mike Wazowski’s perspective, and develops a heart-touching “underdog battling to achieve greatness” plot.
In his younger years, Wazowski thinks his days of being the “forgotten one” are over when he takes a tour of the scare floor on a class field trip (to learn about “scream energy,” of course) and finds that the highly respected occupation of being a scarer is the one for him.
When Mike reaches his teens, he shrugs off taunting remarks and laughs and is determined to thrive at the best scare school, there is: Monsters University.
Pixar captures the classic college journey with animation that successfully emulates a college campus. The scenery of large green fields, archaic architecture and the stereotypical crowds that inhabit the school -- the typical overly-perky greeters, daunting college professors and wild parties -- all add to the experience.
The relationship between Mike and Sully presents a relatable battle between what one wants, society's expectations, and who one truly is. The effort to find one’s identity is what going to college is all about.
Overall, Monsters University is a film children will find hilarious and adults nostlagic. In it, teens will find their college expectations and vulnerabilities with a monstrous twist.
Although this is the first Pixar prequel released, the movie exceeds expectations and is a perfect example that Pixar has still got it.
Well done, Pixar.