The Worst Film Ever
It’s not bad or unwatchable but despite the amplitude of the spectacle, the end result is underwhelming.
By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.
I love this movie, It's so freaking hilarious! I crack up everytime. I got introduced to this movie when I was very young and I was obsessed...
Give this movie a chance, in the end you will be glad you did!
With shades of October classics like Monster Squad, Monster House is a halloween movie just about anyone can enjoy. Though on the outside it may look like a "kids movie," it doesn't pull its punches and isn't afraid to put our heroes in legitimate danger, leading to the same sense of joy one would get when watching a movie like The Goonies.Part of what makes it such a joy is the movie's overarching mystery regarding the titular house itself. The secret to successful horror is to keep the audience guessing, and Monster House is great at this. There's a few big mysteries lurking inside the Monster House, and the movie takes its time building a tangible, winding suspense. The monster itself is absolutely awesome in motion, and some of the most creative use of visual effects out there.But... about that. This is one of the movies to use Robert Zemeckis' "performance capture" technology, which is an overly complex, incredibly expensive way to take real people on real sets and digitize their movements into computer animation. The more stylized, claymation-esque aesthetic of Monster House makes it less creepy looking than Zemeckis' other movies (The Polar Express and A Christmas Carol) but it still veers too close to the uncanny valley in some scenes. Characters can vary wildly between looking like puppets, cartoon characters, and unsettlingly realistic people in a way that can look a little gross. Without getting in to a debate about the value of real animators and hand-crafted animation versus using a computer to auto-digitize the movement of physical actors, I'll just say that this performance capture stuff continues to look wholly unnecessary in Monster House, but it doesn't spoil the movie. It just didn't need it.Monster House didn't just exceed my expectations, it juked around them like a football player. Every time I thought I knew right where this movie was going, it took a left turn, and kept me entertained the whole time. It's a kids movie that almost feels on the edge of not being suitable for children -- and if you ask me, those are the best kind.
I hadn't seen this movie in years, but loved it as a kid. When it hit Netflix I decided to give it a re-watch. While it wasn't nearly as good as I remember, there were still some great things about it. The plot of Monster House is interesting. There's a haunted house across the street where a crazy old man lives and steals kid's belongings. Only this time, there's a twist to the house and it's owners. Unfortunately, the house itself is the best part of the movie. Everything else is just okay. Gil Kenan had a great idea, he just didn't know what to do with it. The characters aren't great either. While some of them are just forced in simply for the sake of a female protagonist, others just end up coming off as kind of dumb. Sure, they're young, but they're still not very good at following common sense, even for their age. None of their life problems seemed particularly well-developed or original either. This movie suffers heavily from its animation style. It's kind of ugly. The movements are fine and everything, but some character actions end up looking unfinished or just awkward. The overall look of the characters is very unappealing, which really made it hard to get through the movie at times. The movie was over way too quickly. Towards the end I wish they'd drawn out some parts, but instead they just briefly touched on them and rushed to the climax. The climax was pretty awesome though. Overall Monster House has an awesome idea, but that's about it. The plot isn't well-developed, the characters are cliché and underdeveloped, and the animation looks unfinished. While the climax was awesome, it wasn't enough to save the entire film. In the end I'd still recommend giving this movie a watch. It's got some really great ideas that I wish could have been surrounded by something better, but it's still worth your time, even if it's only for the ending.
Yolanda Anne Newman
This film was recently screened on Australian television. I quite liked it although as a person who is obese I felt uncomfortable about the villain being an enormous woman. But what concerned me the most was the cynicism and throw away comments by children about (1) the police and (2) the government. I am very much aware that some people in the USA perceive the government as the enemy and the government is responsible for all possible ills. I found amazing the response by some to the proposed changes to health care - the hysterical outbursts and cries of give us back our country. So I was disturbed that during this children's film one of the characters states words to the effect of 'you cannot count on the police' and then 'I hate the government' and 'the government never helps you'. I should imagine most thinking and intelligent people would advise their children to seek out the police if they are in situations which are dangerous and most thinking and intelligent people recognise that in a highly industrialised and complex society government is vital to assist in management of resources of to ensure that individuals do not exploit the weak and that vulnerable people are taken care of. I hope the writer of this film gets to read this comment and takes it on board. Do we really need to put biased and cynical opinions into the mouths of children in a children's film? I think not!