#215: Monsters, Inc. (2001)

When and how did I watch this?

October 5th, 2015, on a friend’s Plex account.

Had I seen this film already?

Yes, but only a couple of months ago for the first time.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Being fairly fresh in my mind, I already had the majority of the plot in my recollection. Of course, the first viewing was not for any reason in particular, and we weren’t aware of its entry on the list.  I enjoyed it quite a bit — the fact that I have young kids of my own really runs up its appeal.

What do I know about it now?

I attempted to watch it as objectively as possible.  I think seeing it a second time in such close proximity to the first, and especially after watching some of the movies on the list lately, really spoiled the mystique of it for me.  I didn’t really learn anything new about it, other than hearing a few lines I missed the first time around.  We did some homework on Pixar films after the film and learned a lot of interesting trivia.  That’s about it.

What are some themes in the film?

Fear, discrimination, loyalty, persistence and courage, innocence and corruption

Did this affect me personally?

Yes, but during the first viewing, mostly.

Why is this ranked #215?

I pointed out to my wife that I’d readily swap this one with the Incredibles or Ratatouille (which both hold an 8.0 rating, barely missing the list).  I believe that the Pixar brand bolsters these up the list — not to say undeservingly, but Pixar effectively targets a wide audience range and somehow creates heartstring-pulling movies wholly in CGI. This one, we discovered, has better character development than most of the Pixar library.  It thrusts you into a whole world that you forget is entirely fabricated and innovative.

Did my wife watch/like it?

I almost got in trouble this evening for not liking it as much as she does.  She didn’t leave me over it, and I’m pretty sure I’m allowed to sleep in the same bed as her tonight, so I’m good.

Would I watch it again?

Yeah.  I’d like to wait a while, but it’s a fun film to just “have on.” Pretty much any Pixar movie is like that.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Again, I’m pretty sure all of my friends have already seen it, but sure.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

It’s a matter of taste.  Pixar has a handful of films on this list (some ranked a little too high, in my opinion), but I think this one is sort of interchangeable.  Insert Pixar movie not named Toy Story, and it’d fall right in here just fine.

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