Monsters University (2013) (mini-review++)

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 7

directing 6

effects 7

editing 6

writing 6


3 out of 5 🐙


Other than the Cars trilogy, this is the only other disappointment in the Pixar filmography. They’ve released 22 films, won many Best Animated Feature Oscars, countless other awards from prestigious film bodies, and changed the landscape of animated movies in modern cinema. So 4 out of 22 ain’t bad. But Monsters University ain’t good. I know prequels are popular and have been for a while and I got no beef with looking back. But the brilliant original world established in Monsters, Inc stood in stark contrast to the halfhearted effort in ‘University. The jokes were predictable and mediocre. The plot was even less surprising. It just felt like a sequel that would have been released by a studio with only money on its mind. That’s not Pixar’s ethos. But we all make mistakes. I’m still trying to not make one.

Feels level (0 being no tears, 10 being waterfall): 0 – Nothing in this movie would make anyone cry. There’s just nothing powerful here to move any heart.






(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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