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Persuasion (1995)

Persuasion (1995)

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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.

Persuasion (1995)

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.

 

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