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My friend & other aliens

In a galaxy very much like our own, Susan (thankfully not looking like Reese Weetherspoon, who lent the voice) gets hit by a meteor on her marriage day and turns into a giant.

entertainment Updated: Feb 26, 2010 22:08 IST

Monsters vs Aliens

Reliance BIG Home/Dreamworks, Rs 599

Rating: ****

In a galaxy very much like our own, Susan (thankfully not looking like Reese Weetherspoon, who lent the voice) gets hit by a meteor on her marriage day and turns into a giant. She’s captured by the US army, given the name Ginormica, and sent to a top-secret prison that has other likeable monsters —Dr Cockroach the failed scientist, B.O.B. the blob, Missing Link the vain fish-ape hybrid, and Insectosaurus, a monster larger than Ginormica that thankfully doesn’t speak. When the evil Gallaxhar’s magnetically-shielded, giant robots come to Earth — to California, to be precise — searching for Quantonium, a powerful gunk in the meteor, the US President lets loose the monster army.

It’s a delightfully scripted animation that works for the whole family. To the father, it’ll reveal the monster within and the alien among us all. To the mother, it’s a reminder that all children, however abled, crave for her love. To the children, it’ll come with a 3D wrap and stickers — so the adult plot mechanics will be flooded under sheer joy. Only the maid may have to sit out.