Monsters University, The World’s End and the End of University (oh, and Pacific Rim too)

First off, sorry for not posting in a week (but seems like forever), I was busy. Y’know getting a job, cutting up robots, seeing the very good Little Mix and less good JLS and Union J live, catching up with friends, eating Nando’s and melting in the heat.

I don't like not being at the front.

I don’t like not being at the front.

Anyway, I don’t really want to talk about any of those things. I want to talk about what I’ve seen at the cinema recently, specifically: Monsters University, The World’s End and Pacific Rim. This isn’t a ‘should I go see this film?’ kinda blog, but since my Man of Steel one proved popular, I’ll quickly run through them.





What I want to talk about is how the first two films, Monsters University and The World’s End hit a chord in me, and I connected with them in a personal way.

Right now, I’m at that post-graduation point in my life which for a lot of people seems to go one of two ways: they either go straight into something fantastic and ride a wave of good fortune, or end up in a bit of a slump. Lately I’ve definitely been experiencing the latter. I’m not going to end-up living at home until I’m 24 working at the cornershop or something but I’ve tried throwing myself out there to potential employers in the industry I want to go and no fish have bitten (I’ve completely changed the metaphor halfway through that sentence). So many gameplan is to take smaller, hopefully more secure steps – unless I run into some kind of miracle (pop reference!) – but at times I get frustrated I’m not at where I want to be, even though I’m working on it. I just want to jump forward in time and be where I want to be.

The loveliest day ever. But I was crying inside. (I wasn’t really, #lad or whatever the kids do nowadays)

It’s similar to what Mike and Sully go through in the film. I’m not spoiling too much for anyone when I say they obviously aren’t in University by the end, and a big theme is where do they want to be and how are they going to achieve it. Lots of people (including a half dragon, half centipede-type thing made sexy by having the voice of Helen Mirren*) doubt them, and put them down. There are the high-flyers who make the protagonists feel inferior, but that doesn’t stop them putting in hard work. And I really relate.

I don’t know if this was planned, but the release of Monsters University has been PERFECTLY timed. In fact, it’s the third piece of evidence I need to make me believe Pixar makes films for me. Not people like me, ME. Me, Josef Anderton, 21-Year Old Welsh Matt Damon Lookalike With An Unhealthy Obsession With Final Fantasy. 

Point 1: The first film I ever saw at the cinema.

You’ve Got A Friend In Me’, that is all.

Point 2: The last film I saw before going to Uni.

I will freely admit I cried my eyes out watching this film. But not at the bit you’re all thinking of. The bit that got me was the very human, very real moment where Andy’s leaving for college just… hits his mum. For me personally, my moving out wasn’t emotional because I wasn’t moving that far away, excitement was the overriding feeling and me and my parents were getting on each others nerves greatly. So when I saw these emotions on show me and my family were repressing I guess, it really got me.

And point #3 is what I’ve just talked about above:

I chose this poster because… ooft Helen.

So where does this fit in?

Funnily enough the penultimate film I saw before University was Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, also directed by Edgar Wright. That film has become my all-time favourite because of its unashamed geekiness, beyond inventive filmmaking and the foundation of many late-night University conversations and possible THE reason my best friend is my best friend. But I’m going off-topic. If you know anything about The World’s End you’ll know the character played by Simon Pegg suffers from Peter Pan syndrome big time.

I would hate to see myself end up like Gary King; still thinking its the early 90’s, he’s barely old enough to legally drink and Saint Etienne are still good (OK, the last one is unquestionably TRUE!). But Wright is cleverer than to just show us Pegg’s character are not having achieved anything in life. All his friends (and I’m not spoiling anything, just look at the posters and trailers and its pretty obvious) seem to have settled into hum-drum, boring jobs and their lives could do with some colour. These can’t be the only two ways adulthood is meant to be, right? Successful but sour or fun but a failure? Not for me thanks.

A lot of people happily tell me life is just constant mediocrity, and though it frustrates me from time-to-time I want to make the most of it; be successful but ENJOY it. And yes, lots of things will try and get me down and convince me our world is actually pretty rubbish but… it could be worse.

And with that, I move onto Pacific Rim.


*by the way: Helen, if you are reading this – please adopt me.


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