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MEGAMIND (3D Animated Movie)

A 2010 animated movie produced by DreamWorks.

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Perhaps not "mega"...but not at all bad.

  • Mar 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 still a nice turn-out. As always, the filmmakers throw in some clever references for the adults, as well as some family-friendly humor for the kiddies. Of course, I enjoy adult animation rather than animation made for the family crowd, but "Megamind" is family-friendly in the best sense of the word. And look at me; I thought this thing was going to bomb critically. Alas, it did not; and it's actually clever for most of its running time. It's not too long for kids, and should provide solid entertainment for them. And it's also a genuinely good thing that adults won't mind attending either. After all, "Megamind" is not a bad film, and it's not nearly as kiddish and immature as "Monsters VS. Aliens", and it nearly embraces the superhero clichés of its story. That is what I admired about "Megamind", and it was enough for me to at least enjoy the film. But overall, it's very forgettable. Not in a bad way, of course, but not every animated movie can be great. The most "Megamind" can be is good. I don't mind that, and I don't NOT like the film for being simply "good" at best; but some part of me wishes that this superhero-spoof-animation was a tad more polished. But it looks good, feels good, and the voice actors inhabit their characters quite well. The good outweighs the bad, if just barely. But I do like what the boys at Dreamworks are trying to do here; in ways, they have even done so much as "done it". And by "done it", I mean; they have done what they are trying to do. And I generally like that.

A little blue alien is brought into the world, only to be launched into space with only a minion and a binky for all eternity. While he is launching towards planet Earth, he meets his match; a "goody-two-shoes" type character who is indeed human, and is indeed a pretty boy. One lands in a mansion; the other a prison. The little blue alien self-applies the name Megamind, while the other gives himself the name Metroman. One is a villain; one is very much a hero. Thus, they must fight 'till the end; and battle until the death. Metroman gets attention, the kind that Megamind is generally jealous of. He pretty much OWNS the city, which is called Metro City. Megamind is not known as a successful villain, but rather one that has failed in every attempt to threaten the hero's existence. But one day, Megamind gets his chance at glory. He supposedly kills Metroman, and inherits his great riches and fame. Megamind enjoys it for quite some time; with him and his Minion running about the great, big mansion for some good time. But what's this? Megamind gets bored. He does not have anyone to fight. Metroman is gone, and he feels as if he has no purpose. He longs for another hero to fight, and he also longs for the love of the damsel-in-distress, who happens to be a news reporter. So Megamind creates a new hero out of a nerdy, nearly unknown civilian, who becomes threatening and dangerous to Metro City. As many sinopsis' suggest, Megamind may have to prove himself as a hero once and for all. Can the bad guy be a good guy too? That's a question that has been asked many times before, thus making "Megamind" not the most original film ever made. However, there are clever plot elements that pay homage to the superhero movie, and that is why I call "Megamind" a superhero-spoof to begin with. That is what it is, and it's suitably pleasant and entertaining. Sometimes, however, the plot has trouble doing what it wants to do. Sometiems, the clichés are enjoyable and even funny. And other times, they're just plain annoying. But anyways, that's far from the point I am trying to make. Warts and all, "Megamind" still has good characters and cheerful, Dreamworks Animation-esque atmosphere. It can be funny, it can be clever, and yes; it can even be quite good. It does not soar. But in many ways, it does not need to.

Will Ferrell lends his lovably goofy (and fun) voice to the film's titular character. Ferrell somehow IS Megamind, and that is why we like the character. It's not an extremely funny or memorable role, not even for the actor, but it's still one worth consideration. Tina Fey, who I don't particularly like half of the time, lends a nice voice to the love interest of Megamind. She's good at this type of thing. It's not Fey's voice that I like; it is her personality and attitude. If only she could be funny every time she wants to be. Brad Pitt plays Metroman, and strangely enough, you can actually see a little bit of Brad Pitt in the very character. Perhaps Metroman does not LOOK like Brad Pitt in features, but it's difficult to imagine many other men playing such a suitably cocky character. David Cross also plays a fish who lives within a bowl attached to a robotic gorilla suit. And finally, we have Jonah Hill as a fat, nerdy, kind-of full-of-himself dork; as usual. The voice cast is charming, and luckily, everyone lends a hand at making this film work genuinely well. This happens a lot in animated films, but it's good to see that this film has a good cast.

For some really odd reason, people tend to criticize Dreamworks in terms of their animation. I think that recently, their films have been looking better and better. It's not Pixar, but then again, Dreamworks tends to work more with a cartoonish atmosphere rather than an emotionally artful one. "Megamind" is perfectly cartoonish, perhaps even more than "Shrek", and has characters that look exactly like the kind you would see IN a television show featuring cartoons. There isn't a whole lot of detail to the animation itself, but granted that, "Megamind" still looks damn fine. It's fun to look at, and the action scenes perhaps have more style and entertainment packed in them than actual action films tend to deliver. "Megamind" is delightful and entertaining, but not quite as good as I would have hoped it would be. I do have complaints about this film, but I do appreciate how it manages to poke some good fun into a nearly tired premise. There were moments where it was funny, and then there were also those generic Dreamworks moments in which it isn't funny at all. "Megamind" switches on-and-off between a good comedy and a mediocre one, which can at times be annoying, but it's not nearly enough to stop me from enjoying "Megamind" as much as I did. It's a recommendation if you want to kill some time. Just don't expect as much excitement and spectacle as the previous Dreamworks production "How to Train Your Dragon".

"Megamind" is a strange, working combination of "Despicable Me" and "Incredibles". Both films are better than "Megamind", but with that being said, I still liked watching this film. The animation is smooth and good, the soundtrack is fun and appealing to me personally, and the film has a nice feel to it. It's cheery, often clichéd, but none the less easy to enjoy. It's the kind of short-but-simple stuff that Dreamworks often tries to deliver, but too often fails in doing so. "Megamind" does not deserve to go down as, say, "classic Dreamworks fare". But it's better than some of the stuff that the studio has been associated with (yes, I'm looking at you "Shark Tale"). And that's good enough to at least entertain me, if not indulge me a bit. "Megamind" is for those who just plain like to watch a decent animated feature. It's not the best-of-the-best, not even for 2010, but it will find its audience easily. It's fun, if not forgettable. Not super, but not by any means minor. I say see it, for it is breezy and entertaining for what it's worth. Just not spectacular. And I suppose I'll have to end it at that.

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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
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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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