Sunday, January 31, 2010

Wolfman's Got Nards....and I Don't Care.

Oh, Monster Squad. You tried to be everything I wanted. You tried to be the Goonies, but better, since monsters make everything better...right?


I wanted to like this one. I really did. It started off strongly - the menu art for the Blu-Ray was cool and definitely gave me hope. I tweeted that I was watching it and got a bunch of positive responses. My husband, who watched it with me, was practically giddy.

The clothes were great - SUPER 80s and the dialogue was really kitschy. All things I like.

But something just wasn't right. I can't quite put my finger on it, but throughout the whole movie I found myself just plain BORED.

I think the thing that kinda left me with a bad taste in my mouth was just how desperately this movie wanted to be "The Goonies." At the time, I'm sure people ate it up. It came out about 2 years after "The Goonies," so I assume enough time had gone by that people were ready for a Volume 2. But everything just felt flat and sub-par, especially in comparison. The Corey Feldman character, the "Chunk" character and others all just felt like "poor mans" versions. The dialogue got old after about 15 minutes. The costumes - wow did those not have lasting power. It all just seemed so....trite. I hate that word, but it's the only one I can think of to properly express. I felt like it REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted me to like it and to think it was cute and funny. But I really just felt it came up short.

This is the first movie I've watched for this blog that gave me the sense that I needed to have watched it as a kid to really enjoy it. If I saw it in 1987 when it was released, I'd probably watch it now and LOVE it. But since I also watched the Goonies recently, I found myself comparing the two, and every time this one lost.

Sorry, world. This one's not for me.

1.5 stars out of 5.


  1. Don't feel too bad. This somehow eluded my childhood as well and when I finally caught it last year, I thought it was cute, but not something I'd revisit anytime soon. It's definitely one to grow up fondly with, but if you didn't, it's just okay.

  2. This is one i really really like, but i am firmly in the "saw it as a kid, refuse to watch it with critical eyes now" camp.
    Childhood love compounded with the film's unavailability (in a legit format)for years made this go from a cute flick from the past to cult classic pretty quickly.
    When i watch it now i can definitely see the flaws and weaknesses of the film, especially in comparison to something like the Goonies, but i still dig it. A Lot.

  3. I remember seeing it as a kid, but I had to go find some clips of it to truly refresh my memory.

  4. I didnt watch this until I got the DVD and I loved it. Not saying you should like it. Just wanted to dispel the "had to see it as a kid" theory.