Monster High The Movie doesn’t live up to the franchise or animated series, in terms of story and characters, but is saved by its catchy musical numbers. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
Paramont+’s Monster High The Movie dropped on the streaming service today, October 6th. The popular doll franchise was a staple in every young girl’s toy collection, and launched an animated series back in 2010. 12 years later, fans of the monsterous dolls have a live-action film that is actually a musical and is here just in time for the spooky season. Check out the details in my parents guide review.
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Monster High The Movie Parents Guide
In Monster High The Movie: When Clawdeen begins attending Monster High, she discovers a devious plot that would not only destroy her school, but it would also reveal her half-human, half-werewolf identity.
Monster High The Movie Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids watch Monster High The Movie.
Language: Monster High The Movie contains mild language, with the strongest words viewers will come across including: freaks, creep, and stupid.
Mature Content: The film is pretty tame in regards to violence and other mature content. It does include “monsters” and a villain, which could scare some of the younger viewing audience. There is also witchcraft being practiced and overall magic of monsters like werewolves, vampires, and the undead. There is mild bullying that may trigger some viewers.
Monster High The Movie will be a hit with the audience it is targeted for. To see the dolls come alive and have them really look like the dolls they play, is a joy to watch. Everything from the makeup to the costumes to the bit of attitude some of the dolls have seems to emulate their respected dolls perfectly. The monster teens really bring this film to life with their own little lingo and catch phrases, such as Draculaura’s proclamation of “that’s fangstatic,”
Not everything is perfect in Monster High The Movie, the story becomes quite predictable and lacks build-up and substance, but this doesn’t take away from the enjoyment in the least. Some of the characters lack much of a backstory, which makes for viewers not really becoming invested in some of the characters. The film runs around an hour and a half long, so it wasn’t the fact that the filmmakers ran out of time to include these sorts of details.
The best parts about Monster High The Movie are the musical numbers, because any great teen/preteen-geared movie always wins with musical numbers. Can you imagine The Descendants lacking music and how dull and drab it would be? You see my point? The tunes are catchy, toe-tapping fun that helps advance the story and keeps viewers’ interest throughout.
Monster High The Movie has a really great message about inclusion and not judging a book by its half-human cover. Speaking of inclusion, the film also seems to be hip to “cultural inclusion” as one of the monsters continues to introduce herself with her pronouns “they/them.” It was done in a way that isn’t forced and natural, yet takes into account these differences in some viewing audiences.
Monster High The Movie isn’t going to win any awards and isn’t a perfect film by any means, but kids will definitely enjoy it as fans of the doll and for the musical numbers. Parents will appreciate the positive messages it sends. And monsters, well, maybe they can get a couple of tips in fashion advice, because these girls have got style!