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MEGAMIND (3D Animated Movie)

A 2010 animated movie produced by DreamWorks.

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A Fun Piece That Will Resonate with Comic Lovers and Non-fans Alike

  • Mar 6, 2011
Rating:
+4

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 had to do with the fact that the film does a fantastic job of referencing the little nuances that comic book heroes (or most pertinently, villains) have to endure to keep the hero, well, heroic.

Kinda like another tale we’re all familiar with, this film opens with a world in eminent danger of being sucked into a black hole and some loving parents placing their infant child into an escape pod.  With his pet/ protector (a fish named Minion), young Megamind (Will Ferrell) finds himself hurdling toward a small blue planet at the edge of the Milky Way only his exodus isn’t the only one taking place. 

Apparently another planet, one with very human-like inhabitants, had very similar ambitions for the survival of their species and sent a pod of their own.

In true born loser fashion, this second pod enjoys a smooth trip to Earth and lands on the property of a rich loving couple while Megamind’s route traverses endless asteroid belts before finally landing within the gated walls of a prison.  With very different upbringings, a rivalry is born between the two alien refugees only unlike the do-gooding Metro Man (Brad Pitt), Megamind has no real powers save for a massive brain.  Since Metro Man has the “city’s good guy” role pretty well filled, Megamind has little choice but to take up villainy.

Despite a pretty good heart, Megamind finds himself repeating tried and true schemes like kidnapping news reporter, Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey) only to end up in a custom-painted cellblock in Metro City’s prison.

Things take an incredible twist when the villain actually gets the upper hand and the reality of the hero/villain symbiotic relationship is finally made clear to Megamind.

There’s a few central questions behind Megamind, that actually serve as the catalyst for the entire prose, many of which fans of comic books will really take to heart.  Sure on the surface what we’re looking at is essentially a spoof at the Superman/ Lex Luthor relationship (with a little Lois Lane thrown in for good measure) only unlike the famous DC tale, DreamWorks slaps a few welcomed twisted to the equation.  Not the least of these is what if the bad guy didn’t want to be evil so much as it was forced upon him from the onset.  Another really explores the idea that the relationship between the hero and the villain is one that demands the presence of the other to work.

The latter has been explored in films like 1999’s Mystery Men but the point is really driven home here in MegaMind.

The comedy feels a little bit strained at times but the cast here just plays so well off one another that laughter’s inevitable regardless of the viewer’s mood going in.  Will Farrell dazzles with his trademark blend of casual dryness and additional props are due to David Cross as Minion and Jonah Hill as Titan.

Pacing is quit spot on, and actually succeeds over Pixar’s superhero attempt “The Incredibles”- which did bog down in spots.  Megamind is consistently lively, enthusiastic and visually rich.

Hans Zimmer is responsible for the scoring here and does his usual charming work even if the softer tones are often lost to the wailing guitars of Guns n Roses and AC/DC (even the late Michael Jackson isn’t overlooked on this explosively charged soundtrack).

About the biggest complaint I’ve located surrounding this film is that the whole genre has been covered by Pixar’s Incredibles and Universal’s Despicable Me and this is a valid concern, although a legitimate argument can be made that compared directly against Pixar’s 2004 entry, these latter two pieces serve as reminders to the ever-advancing computer generated film industry.  From a visual standpoint, the small details are just outstanding.  Perfection of facial systems, textures and lighting simulations are evident in nearly every frame here.

In all I have to confess that DreamWorks’ collective grasp on the medium of computer generated feature filmmaking is subtly becoming masterful, if undeniably commercial.  While biggest rival Pixar is often limited by what can be accomplished within the confines of a G rating, DW seems increasingly proficient at packing as much into their PG pictures as possible.  There is no confusing the fact that this is an adult-oriented comedy that children will enjoy too (not the other way around).

Considering the past two DreamWorks releases were How to Train Your Dragon and MegaMind, it’s clear that Disney/ Pixar has their proverbial hands full.  Megamind may not be quite as butter-smooth, adventurous, or as grand-scoped as How to Train Your Dragon but it does harken back to the type of pacing and comedic brilliance viewers have come to expect from films like Kung-Fu Panda.  Megamind offers a whole lot of fun, some solid visuals, and an interesting spin on the "Man of Steel" legacy.

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March 10, 2011
EXCELLENT review
 
March 06, 2011
I have been waiting on this review since you told me that you ordered the movie. Nicely done! "In all I have to confess that DreamWorks’ collective grasp on the medium of computer generated feature filmmaking is subtly becoming masterful, if undeniably commercial. While biggest rival Pixar is often limited by what can be accomplished within the confines of a G rating, DW seems increasingly proficient at packing as much into their PG pictures as possible..." Wonderfully stated. I actually liked this one more the 2nd time around. Nice work! Oh, RANGO has been dropped!
March 06, 2011
Thank you kindly Woop.. On my way to Rango as we speak! Excited!!
 
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review by . November 06, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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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
posted in Movie Hype
**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 . November 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
Quick Tip by . November 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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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