Animated and in 3D, Megamind is a fun film that, in a different way, borrows so many different elements from movies and cartoons that you’ve seen before. Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, David Cross, Jonah Hill, and more lend their vocal talents to this latest addition to the movie genre entitled “Movies that are the Same, Just Different.”
The somewhat predictable storyline features two rivals, Metroman and Megamind, (super in their own right) that battle back and forth in a place called Metrocity. Having similar origin stories, the paths they took (or the ones chosen for them) led them to opposite sides in the battle of good vs. evil. After the beginning sequence filled with narration, we join these two as one of their many battles ensues…only, something different and unexpected happens this time around. As events progress Megamind, in a “strange turn of events,” is forced to eventually help the city he has loved to terrorize in order to save it from a worser evil (yes, I used the word “worser”! haha) and in order to help him woo the lovely Roxanne Ritchi! Thus continues the story of Megamind, the most brilliantly-minded supervillian of all time!
While the plot had a couple of unexpected twists, it progressed in a manner that one would expect from an animated superhero movie. I rather enjoyed finding similarities to other superhero stories. That element made it more enjoyable as a viewer, seeing that they brought in pieces from other comicbook storylines….even down to the damsel in distress that works for a news publication company (i.e. Lois Lane). I wish I could say that I was more excited watching the movie, but the laughs that are here and there are not all that. This movie, while publicized as a comedy (–it even has four comedians in big roles), is even more of a drama and is not geared towards the kiddos as much as Dreamworks’ other movies are (Shrek, How To Train a Dragon, etc.).
I did not have high expectations going into this film, and that actually helped me enjoy it a little more than I thought I would. Following Megamind and his quest to battle good, then evil, and seeking his own purpose in life along the way was more enjoyable than I figured it would be. Granted, the majority of the funny parts are in the trailers, but it still was fun to watch…for the most part! Come the end of the movie, I wondered about a few details that were left hanging, but you can’t expect complete closure everytime. Can you?
Overall, Megamind is a cartoon about self-worth, friendship, and good triumphing over evil, with laughs and adventures along the way. The 3D is not overly astounding, so it may not be worth the extra $2-$4 to you. (Despicable Me was FAR better). The story, while rehashed to pieces in Hollywood, had some fun new elements that did not make it to be a bore overall. But, if you are looking for the side-splitting, gut-busting comedic animated film of the century, then prepare to be let down. I just wish that it had been a little more original than what it was. Megamind– a story of Brains vs. Brawn; a Bad guy, and a Babe!
Did you watch it? What did you think?
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–The Sp1der’s Score: Overall: 5.5 out of 10 stars “Megamind“
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