Tonight, we look at Monsters vs. Aliens! This film is one of the most entertaining and funny movies made in the last ten years. Let’s talk about it!
As a Christian parent looking at this movie, there is very little about which to worry. As movies go, this one is quite mild in its language, innuendoes, and depictions. I would highly recommend this movie for family night.
I thought the movie was very good. It was well-made and well-cast. The humor in it is just the sort I most enjoy. Now, let’s dive into what this movie’s presuppositions are.
Monsters vs. Aliens seems like feminist propaganda based on my viewings. It opens with a young woman about to get married. She gets hit by a meteor, and the wedding is off. She’s effectively “saved” from a life of the abysmal following of her overconfident husband. From there, we see a young track star who is very feminine while his girlfriend takes charge. A general begins to speak and has to clear his throat to sound more manly. Throw on top of that the main thrust of the story being Susan, the main character, taking charge of every situation they come across. She seems to be the only one that can possibly solve the problems facing the world. All of the men in the story prove themselves to be entirely incompetent. The president nearly launches nukes trying to get a cup of coffee. Derek is a self-centered jerk. Aside from that, BOB represents the fight against GMOs. He is the result of genetically modified ranch-flavored dessert. Link, the lizard man, is the “Missing Link” connecting other things to humans in the evolutionary tree.
The movie follows the life of Susan Murphy. She is engaged to Derek. On the wedding day, she is hit by a meteor and grows to massive size. The wedding is ruined, and she is imprisoned. After that, an alien sends a robot to Earth to extrapolate the magical substance that made her grow. She defeats the robot with the help of her monster friends, and the head alien decides to come down himself. A conflict arises when regular life seems out of reach for Susan, and her friends and Susan is abducted. A crazy plan is concocted to self-destruct the alien spaceship. They are successful, and Susan steps into the role of “superhero” and goes on other adventures.
I firmly believe in viewing movies with a discerning eye. This means that I think you ought to know what themes there are in a movie before showing it to your children. Subliminal messaging is the most dangerous sort. I don’t mean to say that you shouldn’t show the movie to your children, but you ought to know what you are showing them to have in-depth conversations about these themes. As in all things, Soli Deo Gloria!