Like Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, this film is not about the namesake and the terrifying things it/they can do. The film is about real people trying to figure out how to live with these terrible things and their existence. The fact that the Monsters are used so sparingly only makes them more effective. Such an accomplished film on such a low budget bodes well for Edwards. Also, I'm a sucker for Scoot McNairy every time.
The fact that Gareth Edwards has been assigned to the new Godzilla movie is testament to how great Monsters really is. Anyone who dislikes this movie probably didn't know the circumstances regarding it's creation, most notably that it was made for less than $800k and that Gareth did most of the work himself. The guy is an inspiration and I can't wait to see his vision for Godzilla in 2014.
Edwards' calling card led to his more recent high profile gigs. Refreshing monster tale that concentrated more on personal relationships than carnage resulted in a film that had a greater resonance than expected. Leads are both quite good and keeping the monsters in the background was an inspired idea.