Mike Wazowski has always dreamt of being a scarer. This started after being on Monster’s Inc.’s scare floor when he was a kid. However, his plans were quickly met with obstacles when he went to college. Especially after meeting James P. “Sulley” Sullivan, a friendly yet arrogant monster who thinks being from a known family will instantly make him a scarer. The two, desperate to be in the scare program, joins a fraternity of misfits called Oozma Kappa and wagering with the Dean to accept them if they win and if they lose, Mike will have to leave Monsters University.
The story basically showed how Sulley and Mike were – before they became best friends and how they came to be “scarers” – after all, this is a prequel. It showcased how Mike was the more intellectual one and Sulley being the brawns of the tandem. It showed that together, they were better than trying to outwit each other. The great thing about this movie is that it shows how friendships develop and how bonds strengthen with every obstacle met. This movie was completely relatable. It might not even be an animated movie primarily for children as the characters’ lives and the setting that was shown was during their college life. It’s the typical adult movie of how a bunch of misfits rose to the top despite all odds. There’s something off about the involvement of fraternities though, which I don’t think 5-year-olds might truly understand yet but the movie wouldn’t have had a solid story if it wasn’t for that. It’s a very entertaining movie, nonetheless, especially during the actual game scenes. The other team members were showcased as well. There were a lot of times were I literally laughed-out-loud. Especially the scene during the last match, it was Squishy’s turn in the simulation room and he scared the wits out of the machine kid with him just being beside the kid and just staring at him. It’s very simple yet very effectively comical – which can also be said about the whole film because of the lack of the story’s depth.