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Monsters University, it¬タルs great, it¬タルs the best thing Pixar¬タルs brought out in the past three years leading up to it. It¬タルs enjoyable, it¬タルs well casted and it¬タルs cute without being too cheesy. It¬タルs also the third miss in a row for Pixar.

MU, just like Brave (and unlike Cars 2) is filled with merit, and well worth watching. But in 1995 when Pixar came out swinging with Toy Story, people expect that sort of a trend to continue. Which it did! Right up until 2006, when they released their seventh film (Cars); the first film they¬タルd gotten behind that didn¬タルt blow audiences world wide out of the Goddamn water. Pixar¬タルs limped up and down the approval ladder ever since, with MU sitting comfortably somewhere in the middle.

It is a great film. Especially for a kids¬タル film, especially for a prequel, all of that, but it is not the return to greatness audiences keep hoping for. It plays it safe, it lulls in the dreary, rarely well-pulled-off format of ¬タワCollege Comedy¬タン (which is again, a safe area to sit in). It may not be as triumphant as the original, but it¬タルs not all together disappointing either.
The film does what virtually any film with large amount of money behind it does: It stands in front of you for an hour and a half, does its job in the entertainment industry of ¬タワentertaining¬タン you, then it sidles out, leaving you smiling, but not thoroughly satisfied. It takes as few risks as possible, and vehemently avoids anything new, just in case it pisses people off, and risks not making their money back.

It¬タルs fine, people of the world are used to this, it¬タルs a fun ride, and then it¬タルs done. Worth your money, worth your time, but not what people have come to expect from the powerhouse of Pixar¬タルs heyday.

74%

-Gimly

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