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If you’re anything like me, every time you look at a monster truck you think to yourself, "That needs more real monsters." Don't lie, you know you've thought that as well. It’s been quite some time since we’ve been able to report upon a good old-fashioned family film, and now it looks like Hollywood has caught on to that notion. A new trailer for the upcoming film Monster Trucks has just hit the web, and it looks completely fun for the whole family. Check it out below.
As you can see from the above trailer, Monster Trucks stars X-Men: First Class’ Lucas Till as a young man who comes encounters an odd, yet adorable, squid-like monster. Naming the creature Creat, the two develop a quick bond when the young man realizes that the monster can actually serve as an awesome engine for his beat up old pickup truck. However, the close bond between man and the monster soon becomes threatened when mysterious men enter town looking to take Creat away. What follows is a race against time to reunite Creat with his family and find a way to get all of these adorable monsters out of harm’s way before the mysterious men find them.
Monster Trucks doesn’t seem to do much to break new ground for the family film genre, but that also doesn’t seem like the intention in the first place. Overall the movie really does feel like a throwback to a bygone era of filmmaking. Playing out like a cross between E.T. and the Herbie films, it seems to showcase an incredibly wholesome story of friendship between a young man and a monster that just wants to get home.
The whole film doesn’t seem to take itself seriously at all, but that’s sort of the point. It’s a story full of physical humor, visual gags and a downright adorable monster, and in an era where everything’s trying to be mature, dark and gritty, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s abundantly clear that Monster Trucks is the sort of movie that families will want to flock to. Between its humor, its accessibility and its overwhelming sense of nostalgia for Spielberg-era family movies, this seems like a safe film to take the kids to.
We will keep you up to date with any updates related to Monster Trucks as they become available to us. The film will hit theaters on January 13, 2017.