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MEGAMIND (3D Animated Movie)

A 2010 animated movie produced by DreamWorks.

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Can a Supervillain Become a Superhero?

  • Nov 10, 2010
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Part of what makes "Megamind" so enjoyable is that it's both an homage to and a parody of "Superman." In this version, not one but two doomed planets send a newborn son to Earth. One can fly, has super strength and suave good looks, and, after his pod crash lands on the property of a wealthy couple, is destined to become a superhero. The other has blue skin, a bulbous head, a fish-like minion encased in a glass ball, and, after his pod crash lands within the confines of a prison, is destined to become a villain. We follow this villain, who has called himself Megamind, as he gradually realizes that maybe - just maybe - there's more to him than merely being bad. Perhaps it was merely a phase, an unhealthy outlet for his jealously at being teased and neglected during his formative years.

This may not be the most original computer animated film of our time, but it certainly is one of the most compelling. It's also one of the funniest; I think I laughed harder during "Megamind" than during any animated film released this year, and this includes highly enjoyable fair such as "Toy Story 3," "How to Train Your Dragon," and "Despicable Me." It follows in the footsteps of most new releases, both animated and live action, by being released in 3D. While I still feel that the process is overhyped, overused, and overrated, there are select moments when it proves itself adequate (it so rarely makes a movie great). "Megamind" is a perfectly adequate 3D film; I can't say that I felt completely immersed, but I certainly enjoyed gawking at the action, the textures, and the shapes. That being said, all that would have just fine to look at in 2D, so if you have the choice, save yourself the extra cash - and yet another pair of 3D glasses.

And now for the plot. Megamind (voiced by Will Ferrell) has for years been the archenemy of Metro Man (voiced by Brad Pitt), a goody-two-shoes Superman caricature who defends the citizens of Metro City. Despite being well-crafted, Megamind's evil schemes have all been foiled, and by now, it has gotten to the point that they no longer carry any weight - least of all for Metro City's star news reporter Roxanne Ritchi (voiced by Tina Fey), who has been kidnapped by Megamind more times than she can remember.

On the day a museum opens in honor of Metro Man, Megamind appears to achieve the impossible by defeating his rival and taking control of the city. He's happy about this, but only at first; after a while, it seems that, without a hero to battle against, his life has absolutely no meaning. Using technology of his own invention, he creates a new adversary, hoping it will help him relive his glory days as a criminal mastermind. Here enters Roxanne's cameraman, Hal Stewart (voiced by Jonah Hill), who's transformed from a pudgy computer nerd into a muscular superhero named Tighten (apparently a spoof of the word "titan"). Hal hopes to use his new abilities to woo Roxanne, who he has always had a crush on. Unfortunately, Roxanne is already dating someone else, and of that, I will say no more.

In due time, Tighten devolves into Metro City's newest enemy. With Metro Man out of the picture, it seems the only hero the city has left is Megamind. Does he have it in him to be a defender of the people? The answer lies in a strange but appropriate skewing of a line Aaron Eckhart delivered in "The Dark Knight": "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

It's practically a guarantee that children will enjoy this movie. It has a lot of action, the sight gags are plentiful, the colors are bright, the 3D is noticeable, and some of the dialogue is just silly enough to hold their attention. But adults will enjoy this movie, too. One of the funniest subplots involves Megamind's ability to disguise himself with a series of holographic projections, controlled by a wristwatch-like mechanism; as he trains Hal into becoming a superhero, he transforms himself in a short, stocky send-up of Marlon Brando as Jor-El, complete with a hilariously pronounced lisp. I also enjoyed the parody of Shepard Fairey's "Hope" poster, made famous during Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. Let's just say that the phrase, "Yes, We Can," no longer applies.

This is, in short, a highly enjoyable animated comedy that everyone will enjoy. There is, in fact, only one thing about "Megamind" I took issue with: A brief but disturbing shot of Metro Man juggling three babies before tossing them back to their star-struck mothers. One of them lands in his mother's arms upside down. Even within the context of a family-friendly cartoon, this pushes the limits of what is and isn't acceptable. Fortunately, the scene is saved when, immediately afterwards, Metro Man casually walks on water. I may be reaching too far, but this could be yet another reference to "Superman," which was in part a biblical allusion to God sending Jesus to Earth for the benefit of mankind. The difference, of course, is that neither Jesus nor Superman would ever shout out, "And I love you, random citizen!"

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November 11, 2010
I liked this one myself, but I felt that it dragged a bit down the middle of the flick. Enjoyed the review and thank you very much!
 
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review by . November 06, 2010
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Dreamworks Animation Studios. Many folks see this division of Dreamworks as the poor man’s Pixar. Well, in some ways I do agree but even David can best Goliath at certain times. Let us not forget that DreamWorks’ “Shrek” did beat Pixar’s offering for the Best Animated Movie Oscar during that year. Many would remember that Pixar made a homage to superhero movies with “The Incredibles” (my 2nd favorite Pixar movie) and now it seems like Dreamworks is at it …
review by . March 28, 2011
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**1/2 out of ****     2010 was not a bad year for Dreamworks Animation Studies. Not a bad year at all. First came "How To Train Your Dragon", which was one of the studio's best films in years. Then came "Shrek Forever After". Lastly, we got "Megamind". So basically, the studio kept themselves busy (and kept the money flowing) by making three movies in the same year. While it's somewhat sad to say that "How To Train Your Dragon" is the only "good" one of the trio, "Megamind" is …
review by . March 16, 2011
Megamind is a decent animated film that kids are sure to love. I so desperately wanted to like this, but for several reasons I didn't like it as much as the rest of the world did. I still liked it, it was very entertaining and at times quite funny. The one big thing that prevented me from giving this more than a 70 is that it ripped off far too many plot elements from Superman. The story had wonderful potential and didn't exactly use it fully. The animation however is wonderful and the final …
review by . March 06, 2011
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   I have to admit it; I think I let my expectations for this one get a little out of control.  As out of control as Megamind’s ambitions of world domination? Well maybe not quite that bad, but still, despite plans of doing my best to maintain a level head going in, I was pretty swept up in the hype surrounding this big budget computer animated feature.  So did it live up to such stratospheric expectations you ask?  Surprisingly, yes it did and I think a lot of it …
Quick Tip by . November 15, 2010
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I just saw this with my 10 year old niece and it was meh....It wasn't horrible, it wasn't amazing. I enjoyed myself but, I wouldn't pay another $35 to see it again and I'm pretty sure that it would be just as funny without the 3-D. I enjoyed the new take on the good vs. evil! SPOILER ALERT: My inner feminist was a bit peeved that Tina Fey's character never picked up the heroine role herself or saved herself. She had the Fey wit but, it seemed a bit old fashioned and ridiculous that she was so bent …
Quick Tip by . November 07, 2010
This was actually funnier than I expected, probably because I read Rotten Tomatoes' reviews before going. Not as good as Despicable Me, but fun nonetheless. The story line was different than I expected, and it was a pleasant surprise. Plenty of laugh out loud moments. Great soundtrack.
Quick Tip by . November 03, 2010
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So excited to see this film this coming weekend. It is like a homage to Superman and Luthor rolled into one. Hey, there may even be references to the Lethal Leader too!      Added: see my full review by clicking on this link: http://www.lunch.com/Reviews/movie/Megamind-...p;rid=193228#rid_193228
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Megamind (Will Ferrell) is the most brilliant supervillain the world has ever known. And the least successful. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way. Each attempt, a colossal failure thanks to the caped superhero known as 'Metro Man,' (Brad Pitt) an invincible hero until the day Megamind actually kills him in the throes of one of his botched evil plans. Suddenly, Megamind has no purpose. A super villain without a superhero. He realizes that achieving his life's ambition is the worst thing that ever happened to him. Megamind decides that the only way out of his rut is to create a new hero opponent called 'Titan,' (Jonah Hill) who promises to be bigger, better and stronger than Metro Man ever was. Pretty quickly Titan starts to think it's much more fun to be a villain than a good guy. Except Titan doesn't just want to rule the world, he wants to destroy it. Megamind then seeks to destroy Titan, beginning a path to redemption in the process.
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Director: Tom McGrath
Genre: Family
Release Date: November 5, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
Runtime: 96 minutes
Studio: Dreamworks Animated
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