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Megamind

Megamind

What She said:

She

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 entertain.

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 role. 

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.

Thumbs up.

What he said:

He

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 2000.

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 similarities.

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.

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