By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Sony Pictures.
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Early reviews have begun to appear for the upcoming film Monster House and they (so far) range from mixed to very positive.
Monster House Reviews
Columbia Pictures and executive producers Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg present Monster House, an exciting and hilarious thrill-ride tale about three kids who must do battle with a mysterious house that threatens anyone who crosses its path.
I have been pretty geeked on the look of the film ever since the teaser trailer and continue to hope that the CG animation turns out to be all I would expect from this type of film. Judging by some of the early reviews to recently appear online, my hopes for the film could become reality.
Some sharp talent and technique has been applied to an old chestnut of a story in "Monster House," an increasingly resistable thrill-ride-style comic horrorfest. Godfathered by Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg, supremely slick but overly in-your-face first feature by recent UCLA grad Gil Kenan reps the latest in the motion-capture animation process popularized by Zemeckis in "The Polar Express." Constant shock cuts and souped-up music and sound effects will keep small fry in a state of moderate petrification, while the trio of tweeny leads plus attitude-redolent cohorts will make teens feel welcome, spelling peppy summer B.O. returns for this Halloween-set haunted-house tale.
It is thirty minutes in before Monster House wakes up and realizes it’s an animated film. That’s when the house first starts hulking out, and it’s the first time the film does anything that couldn’t have been rather easily accomplished by a live action movie with a capable pre-teen kid cast. There’s an instantly classic family movie buried just below the surface of Monster House, unfortunately this great script has been brought to screen using trendy computer animation instead of more appropriate big budget effects mixed with realism. But this story is too good to be killed by unneeded animating and while Monster House may not be the classic it could have been, as a family film it’s still really good.
Check out both reviews for Monster House by clicking on the bold links above.