Finally got around to watching Monsters Inc. I've seen about half of Pixar's movies, and this was one that just slipped under my radar.
My reaction... it's okay. I think it's charming and all, but... there
were so many things I just didn't understand about this universe. Why
are all the monsters terrified of kids? This doesn't make any sense
because the monsters all have jobs to scare kids. Their work is scaring
the shit out of... people that they themselves are scared of? This
doesn't really make any sense. Plus, they're all about three to five
times the size of a kid. And why is the CDA concerned with dressing up
in rubber suits and quickly disposing of anything from the world of
humans? They blow the shit out of a sock, for example. But there's
nothing dangerous about them. Do kids and their socks have germs that're
dangerous to monsters? If so, I never saw any evidence of that. The
monsters seemed perfectly fine after being exposed to kids and things
from their world. None of this is ever explained.
They end the movie by throwing the evil gecko Randall into a door and
then destroying it. This is somehow supposed to dispose of Randall for
good. Yet that doesn't make any sense, because we've just seen Sully and
Mike scrambling their way through the Human world and returning to the
Monster world by going through tons of doors. Like, the last thirty
minutes of the movie is them getting banished to the Human world and
then making their way back through doors. So why can't Randall just do
the same thing? This wouldn't work at all. Randall just needs to find
another kid's bedroom door.
The biggest problem I had was the fact that I didn't really feel
anything for Boo. Boo wasn't really made into a real character for me.
She just made some googly eyes and baby noises and ran around a lot. She
was basically a MacGuffin throughout the entire film. They kept chasing
after her because the movie needed them to be chasing after something.
But she never became a character I could care about. A cute kid making
some gibberish noises is hard to care about. So while I felt the emotion
from Sully at the end, that was more a testament to John Goodman's
acting and the animation team. I felt sad for him and the emotional bond
he had formed, but it had nothing to do with Boo. I never came to care