With references to House of Wax
, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
, and George Lucas, the first 30 seconds of DreamWorks' Monsters vs. Aliens
makes it clear that the filmmakers wanted to pay homage to their favorite sci-fi films. Thankfully, the genre in-jokes aren't the focal point -- they just provide amusing window dressing so that movie-savvy parents can enjoy this elegantly simple tale as much as their kids.
The story centers on Susan (Reese Witherspoon), a bride whose wedding goes spectacularly wrong when she's hit by a meteor outside the church and proceeds to grow 50 feet tall. Immediately after her transformation, the military...