November 15, 2010
Directed by Tom McGrath
Starring the voices of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill,
David Cross, J.K. Simmons, and Ben Stiller.
Over on the blog, I've said several times that I've grown to loathe the
animated films of Dreamworks. The last one I saw in the
theatre was Shrek 2, and it was the first movie that I thought was so
bad that I wanted to throw things at the screen. And I
haven't seen a Dreamworks animated film in the theatres since.
But then, things change. I rented Kung Fu Panda,
and was pleasantly surprised. How to Train Your Dragon got a
lot of good reviews, so I'll probably rent it sooner rather than later.
And then I heard about Megamind. Like a lot of
nerds, I think superheroes and animation are a genre and a medium made
for each other. So, I figured Megamind was the film where I'd
finally give Dreamworks a second chance. Was it worth it?
Metro City has long been the battleground for the heroic Metro Man and
the villanous Megamind. Megamind hatches his evil plot to
destroy Metro Man and...it works. Metro Man is defeated.
Megamind quickly takes control and is...consumed with
boredom. With no hero to fight, he's lost purpose in his
life. So, he sets out to create a new hero for him to fight.
He also starts romancing Roxanne Ritchie, the plucky reporter
who frequently covered his and Metro Man's battles. But, the
new hero he created soon turns villain. Can Megamind switch
sides, become a hero, and save the woman he's fallen in love with?
What I Liked
The voice acting is top-notch. Will Ferrell is funny as
always, and Tina Fey is equally good. There's a great
selection of songs padding the soundtrack. And the villain,
voiced by Jonah Hill, does take a rather unexpected dark turn which was
typical animated film formula is in full force here. There's
not a lot of surprises. Gee, our main character is
maintaining an elaborate charade to win the woman of his dreams.
How long before it all falls apart?
Megamind is pretty much Shrek, if Shrek were skinny and blue.
What Shrek did for fairy tales, this does for superheroes.
It's not a super-witty satire, but it's goofy fun.
I still think there's a great story to be told about a
supervillain who finally defeats his arch-enemy and is consumed with
confusion about what to do next.
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