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 battle is fantastic. Plus, even though I haven't seen this in 3D, I think it may have actually been okay with it.
The plot is a complete ripoff of the first superman film, but it serves as somewhat of a what-if tale. Namely, what if superman ended up somewhere a little less wholesome than Jonathan Kent's farm. The films main character is megamind, an alien who's planet is sucked into a black hole (explosion of Krypton much?) and he lands in a prison whereas Metro Man, another child from a destroyed planet, land in a mansion with a rich family. Metro Man has powers, Megamind is highly intelligent. Metro Man is taken out of the picture and Megamind finds himself having an existential crisis being a villain without a hero. He then creates a new hero named Titan out of a cameraman named Hal, who happened to be in love with our female lead Roxanne. Titan starts out good but we learn that hell hath no fury like a MAN scorned (twist on the popular phrase). Titan poses a genuine threat to the city and Megamind has to switch sides and protect the city. The story is rife with potential to parody superhero films and I think that it used some of the potential, but not fully.
Megamind also has a very good protagonist, namely our titular Megamind. He is the perfect representation of a line that Roxanne says: "Heroes aren't born, they're made". What she didn't say was that the same can apply to villains too, and I think that it was the general message of the movie. The character of Metro Man makes me wonder why Brad Pitt's role got so hyped because he was in the movie for 20 minutes tops. He would even be okay if Brad Pitt wasn't trying to mimic Christopher Reeve. The speaking style of Brad Pitt in this film made it sound almost like the great Reeve had risen from the dead. The character of Roxanne is also quite Lois Lane-esque cliche and even though she has the awesome powers of Tina Fey at her disposal, she seems little more than love interest.
However, my favourite characters were Titan and Minion. Titan is the second villain of the movie and he's not just someone who's born bad, just refer to my earlier comment on "hell hath no fury like a man scorned". Plus, Titan is widely considered a loser and rejected by Roxanne one too many times to tip him over the edge. Minion is Megamind's loyal fish sidekick sent to Earth with him. He pretty much serves as comedy relief for the movie and a loyal friend and sidekick to Megamind, who gives him arms and legs. All in all, Megamind has lovely characters that are entertaining and somewhat memorable.
The animation is definitely the best thing in the movie and it's probably the best quality animation I have seen in Dreamworks. The clear animation is a sign that I may have actually enjoyed this in 3D. Of course 2D animation was better, but I don't think the 3D would have been that bad. But enough said about that, the visuals were just wonderful. The best part of the movie, storywise, was the final battle between Titan and Megamind. The final battle is the only thing that would really attract older teens and older kids to the movie. If you don't want to see the whole movie, I would recommend you at least check out the final battle if you can find it on youtube or something.
The voice acting is pretty good, the five leads being Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt (to an extent), Jonah Hill, and David Cross. They are all pretty good, especially Farrell, but they aren't exactly worth talking about further so I'll just wrap this up. Megamind is a decent, pleasant little kids movie that will be sure to please the kids and maybe some teenagers along the way. The good characters and voice acting were enough to make up for the movie's lackluster plot. The total picture results in a good movie, but a movie that I probably wouldn't watch again.
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 … more
**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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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.
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
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.