When it comes to campy-from-the-second-they-hit-theaters genre flicks like Monsters, a movie about aliens that come to earth in the form of glowing mushroom-like things but then are really large also, you basically know right off if you're going or not. If you're into the genre, you may. If you're not, you almost certainly won't. So the genre-flick convention of inserting little tidbits of critical acclaim into the trailers of such films is pretty much based on a flawed premise from the get-go -- no amount of critical praise is probably going to change your mind -- and it just makes in more hilarious that that critical praise is generally so patently absurd.
The content of this pretty predictable affair notwithstanding, let's take a look at some of the critical acclaim this movie has garnered, starting at about 0:35: "The best giant monster movie I've seen in years." Which really narrows down the scope as far as superlatives go. It's sort of like saying, "Of course I like your cooking, honey; this is the best Tuna Helper made by subbing out milk with artificial creamer because there wasn't any milk I've had in years." Also, consider that that quote comes from Ain't it Cool News, the kind of unabashedly fanboy website that us unafraid to use words like "nifty" in headlines and seems to exist specifically for the purpose of providing short, gushing soundbites for goofy genre flicks. Note also that Ain't it Cool provides two of the three quotes here, the other one being simply, "Awesome."
Meanwhile, IGN, another techie website for fanboys, calls Monsters "Utterly unique and original" -- which seems to contradict Ain't it Cool's assessment. If it's utterly unique and original, then how can it be categorized as a "giant monster movie?" Or maybe it's just utterly unique and original within the genre. Or, maybe it's a giant monster movie that is also a detective noir film and a romantic comedy. Now that would be unique.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.