Ten minutes in to the film, I was already pleasantly surprised. My sister and I might have laughed harder than my brother throughout the entirety of the movie.
The film primarily focuses on Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and his journey to his dream college, where he hopes to pursue a career in scaring. Mike is already established with the audience from the first film, and has been characterized as silly and outspoken, with his famous round, lime-green body and one large eye.
Mike defies expectations and his bullies, who since childhood had told him that he wasn’t scary, and begins his freshman year at Monsters University in the scaring department. The audience watches as Mike experiences classic first-year things such as move-in day and meeting roommates (Mike’s is fellow scarer Randall, also from the first movie), adjusting to class schedules, and getting involved in extracurriculars.
Mike encounters more negative feedback from peers who hold the belief that he won’t make it as a scarer; one such peer is James P. “Sully” Sullivan, whose claim to fame is his father, a well-known scarer at Monsters, Inc.
After initially butting heads and developing a rivalry, Sully and Mike form an unlikely friendship with the college’s wimpiest fraternity and enter a scaring competition, hoping to prove themselves as the scariest monsters on campus.
I found myself thoroughly engrossed in the film and laughing hysterically at all the jokes and silly characters. I fancy myself as a sophisticated film watcher, but I couldn’t doubt the effectiveness of the movie.
Despite it being a cute, feel-good summer film, I really enjoyed the film’s overall message: not to limit yourself to what others believe you to be; if you have a dream, you do whatever you can to reach it, without hurting others on the way there.