“Since the very first bedtime, all around the world, children have known that once their mothers and fathers tuck them in, and shut off the light, that there are MONSTERS hiding in their closets, waiting to emerge! What they don’t know is: it’s nothing personal. It’s just their job.” What a great way to advertise such a great movie. There are many wonderful family movies out there, and with films like these filling the genre, it’s no wonder that this is my favourite kind. In this movie, the are many kinds of monsters, but this story focuses on three. The big, lovable, furry blue, James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) “Sulley”, his wise-cracking best friend, the cyclopic, little green Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), and the evil chameleon-like Russell Boggs (Steve Buscemi).
Perception: Our day-in, day-out world is real. Reality: That world is a hoax, an elaborate deception spun by all-powerful machines of artificial intelligence that control us. Whoa….
In 1999, Andy and Lana Wachowski came up with an amazing trilogy that took us into a dark, high-tech world where things were not as they seemed. They put together a cast of stars that were both A-list and unknown, and blew us away with some intense special effects, and via the local movie theatre screen, we were all suddenly jacked into The Matrix.
Even though this was one of the most intense movies of the late 90s, it was revolutionary in so many ways, with the dark effects, the slo-motion, the choreographed fight scenes created by Yuen Woo-ping, and even the idea that we might be all just part of a big battery that ran an earth that had been taken over by machines was mind-boggling. Add a high-energy soundtrack featuring some of the hottest names in alternative rock of the day, and you get a film you just never get tired of. It is no wonder that we just could not get enough. This even spawned a disturbing spin-off, The Animatrix that featured some of the minor characters from the trilogy, and some speculative history of how this alternate world came about.