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Film Review - Monkeybone
Monkeybone is a very strange film. Half live action, half animation, the picture tries to bridge one story across two worlds - reality, and repressed subconscious.
Brendan Fraser plays Stu, the cartoonist who created the very popular Monkeybone character. Stu is a good guy, but very shy, and modest. Monkeybone is his alter ego. The fun starts when Stu gets banged on the head, and he lands in Monkeybone's world, while his body is in a coma. Most of the film is taken up with Stu trying to wake up.
There's also a rather graphic self struggle. Monkeybone wants to take over Stu's body as well. It's rather like that Star Trek episode where Kirk is split in two.
The film is rather imaginative. There are very funny performances by Fraser, and Whoopi Goldberg. This film really does grab you. Honestly, I didn't think I was going to like it, but Monkeybone exceeded my expectations.
Directed by Henry Selick
Released in 2001
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Reviewed by Mongo