Monsters vs Aliens

  • PG
  • Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon (2009)
  • US
  • 90 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Five freaks of nature, not unlike those classic science-fiction icons Mothra, the Blob, the 50 Foot Woman, the Fly and the Gillman, are released from US government security to stave off an alien invasion in this charming, funny and ingeniously detailed cartoon caper from DreamWorks. The focus is mainly on Susan (voiced by Reese Witherspoon), who is hit by a meteor on her wedding day and grows into the huge Ginormica. The film is a valentine to B-movie creature features, with smart scripting and superior craftsmanship. Discerning adults and demanding children alike will be entranced by the action-packed dazzle and visually enthralling delights, including a stunning battle on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. And for sci-fi buffs, the references will prove delicious, taking in the likes of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, ET and Men in Black.

Plot Summary

Animated sci-fi comedy featuring the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen and Hugh Laurie. Susan Murphy is in love and about to marry her weatherman fiancé Derek when she is struck by a meteorite that endows her with extraordinary powers. Codenamed Ginormica, she is enlisted by the military to join other "monsters" in defending the Earth from alien invasion.

Cast and crew


Susan Murphy / Ginormica
Reese Witherspoon
Seth Rogen
Dr Cockroach, PhD
Hugh Laurie
The Missing Link
Will Arnett
General WR Monger
Kiefer Sutherland
Rainn Wilson
Derek Dietl
Paul Rudd
The President
Stephen Colbert


Rob Letterman
Conrad Vernon

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 3 Apr 2009
Certificate PG
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)