Run time: 1:31
I can’t remember the last movie I saw in 3-D, and to be fair, this “3-D” version of Monster House was not full of the things you associate with 3-D movies like cheesy effects, things flying out at the audience, or people reaching towards the camera for stuff. The 3-D was used to accentuate the wonderful computer animation of the film by providing incredible depth of field to the cartoon. I’m not sure it was worth the extra $1.50 for the glasses, but I thought the 3-D was a nice touch and something different. Of course, the movie is not marketed to grown-ups like me and Melinda so I guess the point is moot.
The movie itself is fun. It’s about a boy who discovers the house across the street is really possessed. The grouchy old man that lives there is constantly telling kids to get off his lawn, and keeping any toy or object that lands on his grass. With careful investigation, he finds out that the house is inhabited by the spirit of the old man’s dead wife and the house has become alive — people disappear into it, it becomes anthropomorphized with the windows becoming eyes and a long red carpet doubling as the frog-like tongue, etc.
For a cartoon, this movie is scary for kids, but nothing so drastic they would be geniunely freaked out. It was a fun matinee experience and the 3-D was a nice touch.
Rating: 4 out of 5