My gay takes on Monsters Inc
- The married couple dynamic of Mike and Sully’s morning routine
- I will never not talk about the fact they live together. They live together.
- Mike and Sully’s mom talking on the phone like casual son-in-law/mother in law
- Why not going on Mike’s car? Is Sullivan concerned about what people would say?
- Sully not standing Mike’s “girlfriend” Celia but still giving him some fancy restaurant reservation actually shows how he’s in love with mike. This scene can mean two different things, actually. Either Mike has no idea of Sully being in love with him OR (my personal fav) they’re both in love with each other, are married (not legally) and act “straight” to keep appearances in a world that probably doesn’t accept m/m relationships. The acting makes total sense once you realize the demonstration of straighteness are not only in public places (monsters inc hall) but also in “masculine” places as the “locker room talk”, where other men could listen to them & wouldn’t be suspicious. I can totally see Mike making this kind of scheme to protect himself and Sully and actually having fun.
- We all know Randall is extremely jealous of Sullivan and what would happen if he discovered their secret relationship? He would definitely use it to get them fired. We don’t know how homophobic the monsters universe is, but assuming it isn’t an ideal fair world, intolerance could make lgbtq people get fired. Of course Mike is worried about Randall listening to their talk on the locker room. Maybe that’s the reason his “acting straight” plan began in the first place.
- When Randall scares Mike, Sully look at Mike realizing how much Mike is scared (repressed homophobia) of others finding out. Sully seems sad for having to pretend when they’re both happily in love. Yeah, homophobia sucks.
- Monsters Inc seems a very toxic aggressive place when you look further. The competition, the reputation issues. There’s a scene where one of the monsters starts to cry when a kid almost touches him and his assistant says “keep it together, man”. For comedy purpose (obviously) but it’s a strong indicative of toxic masculinity. A very conservative workplace.
- They call each other Mikey/Baby when others aren’t looking.
- Another locker room talk. Again, it’s about Celia. Again, there are other people around. They talk more like colleagues than actually close friends (which is odd, isn’t? unless they’re acting). Sully says he’s going to “head home” like his home, not their home. You may think I’m going crazy, but it all seems like they’re implying they don’t live together in this conversation. “Why they would do that?”, I wonder.
- Sully doesn’t seem happy about the Mike’s “let’s fake a romantic dinner between me and Celia to people don’t think we’re gay” big plan, specially when Mike keeps talking over and over about it, but I guess he knows how good Mike is at faking. He knows he’s doing for them, he just hate that they have to do it. Mike has to go to that dinner, no matter what. It’s their best chance of keeping the appearance and of course Sully volunteer to do the paperwork Mike forgot. They can’t let the plan fail.
- It’s so interesting how this whole idea of “acting straight” fits. Why the hell they would need to act differently when other people are around if they were just bros? Mike even have this sarcastic attitude when he’s shouting how romantic he’s and etc. Sully is way quieter around people than he’s at home. They both love their jobs. Would they make a big plan if they thought that they had a risk of loosing it? Yes.
- But then: here’s where their Big Plan starts to fail and maybe Monsters Inc dive too deep in LGBTQ rights (which is awesome). Sully knew they wouldn’t be able to have a kid of their own. Not in their world. A kid, specially a human child, isn’t allowed. Not for them. Boo shows up, representing a risk for their careers (in a metaphorical way, for their relationship too). Sully is scared. Sully must hide her at any cost.
- One of The Best Conversations of The Movie. Mike and Celia are on their date, Mike says “someone asked me who the most beautiful monster was in all of Monstropolis, you know what I said?”. Sulley shows up at the window behind Celia. Mike says “Sulley?”, completely shocked. Even his posture changes. He goes from Straight Mike to Natural Mike. A great hint for the question’s answer, isn’t?
- Sulley shows up at their table. What does Mike say? “Get out of here. You’re ruining everything.” Sure, the “everything” could be referring to his date and all of this theory is crazy. But honestly? In this sequence of events? Sulley is ruining their Big Plan. That’s it.
- Mike keeps overthinking and panicking. He’s so scared of banishment, being an outcast. Hiding Boo is also hiding a part of them that isn’t allowed in their society, just like a human child.
- Sulley gets attached to Boo because it’s something so close to his dream. He doesn’t care that she isn’t allowed there, because people like him and Mike aren’t too and who cares? Boo is adorable.
- When Mike is caught ranting at Sulley by the other workers, the first thing he can think is to pretend a musical, he says “we’re rehearsing a musical”. We all know musicals belongs to gay culture so that’s that.
- Also here’s another thing about Mike and Celia: does Mike ever ever seem like a guy that likes women? He doesn’t treat women right. And yes, I know many straight guys are shitty towards women (which makes me wanna kick some asses btw) but I also know that some of these are caused by repressed homophobia. Even if he were a straight guy, he was a shitty one. Pretty toxic relationship ew. You deserve better, Celia.
- Mike acts indifferent to the kid, cautious, using sarcasm to cope, pragmatic. I don’t blame him for it. I do think he likes Boo at this point and he’s a sensible at heart, but he primarily faces the problem rationally, it’s in his nature. He would never harm Boo and the fact that Randall is trying to, changes his priorities quickly. He goes from “we can get back to our normal lives” to “we can run away and start a new life somewhere else”. In the moment of panic, what really matters (their lives together) overcome what he thinks that matters more (their jobs).
- Then hell breaks loose: Sulley disappoints Boo, he and Mike are banished (having a married couple fight better than any minute of Marriage Story) and we get to another revealing conversation:
Abominable: How lucky can you get? Banished with your best friend.
Mike: He is not my friend.
Abominable: Oh I just assumed you were buddies, you know, when I saw you out there in the snow, hugging and all that.
- They both manage to get back to their reality and Mike apologizes for all he said before. Probably the most vulnerable moment of Mike Wazowski in the whole movie. He and Sulley are a team, that’s the base of their relationship.
- Guess that’s where we notice that this movie is more than it seems. It’s about friendship, but also, friendship in a marriage context (I think I’m allowed to refer to them as married at this point of the post right?). A marriage that works because there’s friendship among lovers. A story about people who love each other, even if their society has rules that tell them they can’t. A story about a man who wants to have a kid with his partner, even if the world think they can’t be a family. A human child that accepts her parents, even if everyone else doesn’t.
- Sulley & Mike taught us to fight for our loved ones and for what’s right. Even when there are disagreements along the way (there aren’t perfect relationships), they taught us to apologize and make amends. To fight together against injustice. Fight for each other.