What She said:
I’m not sure why, but I wasn’t really excited about seeing
this movie. To be honest, it has been at the bottom of
the queue for a while, but we were forced to finally watch it
when everything else on the list was unavailable. In
retrospect, I’m still wondering what my motivation was for
not wanting to see this flick. It has some of my
favorites—Will Ferrell, Tina Fey—and yet there was this
looming dread. Maybe it was because I thought it would
be painful to see them try to appeal to a younger crowd via a
cartoon film. Yeah, that’s probably what it was.
Fortunately, Megamind, doesn’t rely too heavily on
the kid cute. It isn’t altogether fresh, but the humor
is light and clever, and it comes with enough thrills to
Megamind (Will Ferrell) is a villain to the core.
Forced to endure many years of ostracism for having a big
blue head, and being a bit, well, different, he is now out for
revenge against his nemesis, Metro Man. He harasses
Metro City with ferocity, and has a fish, Minion, by his
side. But Megamind’s world is turned upside down when
he no longer has a foe. To top it off, he kind of has a
crush on reporter Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey), whom he
consistently kidnaps, although she doesn’t really get the
hint. Brad Pitt voices Metro Man, although you wouldn’t
suspect it’s him and he ends up playing a fairly minor
While the subject matter has been done and overdone,
Megamind freshens up the jokes enough to make the
film worthwhile. It’s not as stale as you would
suspect. Sure, there are jokes that flop, but there are
also ones that are extra sharp. At a little over an
hour and a half long, the movie doesn’t string itself out, or
become overcomplicated in any way. It rolls along at a
consistent pace and is an enjoyable diversion.
What he said:
The concept of a comic book/superhero movie isn’t anything
new; particularly lately, as the genre has really blossomed
in the last decade. There have been attempts to make a
successful comic book movie for years now, but the genre
never gained any respect until X-Men came out in
An animated superhero movie had also been done before –
and done very well – in The Incredibles. Not to
mention, DreamWorks’ competitor Pixar was the one to make it.
They beat DreamWorks to the punch yet again. Though,
DreamWorks has been bouncing back strong lately.
To put it simply, I kind of thought this movie had a few
things going against it. I didn’t think it looked like a bad
movie, just that there was nothing unique about it. The one
thing it did have going for it, was excellent casting. I find
Will Ferrell and Tina Fey to be quite hilarious. Brad Pitt
isn’t half bad either. While not normally what I think of a
comedic actor, I have always found him to be very versatile. I
haven’t seen all of his movies, but of those I have, I often
enjoy them due to his ability to play a wide array of
characters (no it’s because of his sexy abs, I swear). Well it
was a good thing they went for an A-list cast, because their
presence really adds to the movie. The movie is loaded with
several well-delivered liners.
Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt are Megamind and Metro Man
respectively. Each is an alien from a distant planet sent
here in an origin story straight out of Superman. Not
terribly original, but there’s enough differences with the
path each character takes to more than makes up for the
Metro Man is a strapping young fella, so naturally
everybody loves him. Megamind appears different. Well he
is different. He’s blue and has a
big head. Unfortunately as sometimes is the case in
life, people see this difference and begin to treat him
differently because of it. This leads to Megamind turning his
back on humanity and seeking a life of crime. He also happens
to hold Metro Man largely responsible for this. He’s just
soooo perfect and people love him soooo much, it drives
Megamind mad. Everything about these characters is completely
different and they really play that up quite nicely.
Things change a little bit when there is a new threat in
town and Metro Man is unable to deal with it. Megamind is
forced to become the hero. He even takes up a love interest in
reporter Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey). Next thing you know he’s
doing good, ignoring his evil minions, and his entire world
has been turned upside-down.
I thought this movie was hilarious. It was a great comedy
and an entertaining superhero flick to boot. It’s filled with
one-liners, fun characters, and some really great uses of
popular music. I especially like this one.
Diagnosis: Thumbs up.
This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on
December 21, 2011.