So what is Monster Trucks? It's not something with a fanbase. It stars Lucas Till as a kid about my age (but much more muscular than me) whose life is his turquoise homemade truck. And I really mean it. He claims to have put it together himself. He's living in a dusty desert town where the TerraVex oil company employs people in an Iran or Saudi Arabia kind of way where that company basically makes all the money and gives all the jobs. They're basically the police force too. And one day as they're digging for oil, they find an underground riverbed 2 miles beneath the Earth and with that kind of distance int the Earth, the water is kind of unstable, but they decide to keep drilling. And the result are three strange creatures unknown to man until now. (I was going to say a few creatures but that would've sounded extremely lame.) One of them ends up meeting with Creech for its somehow requirement to drink oil, and this creature turns out to have a superpower that will help Trip return him to his species, and we have Monster Trucks!
We have an interesting director in the truck's driver's seat: Chris Wedge, who directed Ice Age and was a part of a ton of other projects from Blue Sky Animations, and this is his live-action debut. The first Ice Age, and their sequels, are nice enough films for me, and I'm a fan of both Lucas Till and Jane Levy, who end up having an oddball chemistry that makes them realistically feel like kids who want to do the right thing.
Something I admired as well was even though this movie had a very expensive budget, the movie seems to just want to make us cheery. I found myself listening to the movie's song "Ain't No Easy Way Out". It's a country song with excitement and anticipation. It's also a movie that is just really hard to dislike, thanks to Creech. Wedge's talent to direct animation shows whenever this creature is on screen. Creech is so cuddly it's hard to remember he has a mouth resembling a 50-foot tall leech. There are also a few police chases in Monster Trucks, and the first one was a sequence I was holding my breath on.
This film is also kind of retro (sometimes feeling a little too retro) and all you need is Barry Pepper's character Rick kissing his sherriff police car and a side character who switches sides because of guilt for the proof of that.
Monster Trucks is a film that just put me in a good mood. It's a film that isn't a reboot, remake, sequel or satire in any direct form, has one of the cutest creatures since Toothless the dragon, and is just unpretentious fun.