Reviewed by Macie Reynolds
Megamind is the bad, blue, and brilliantly animated villain that commands tears
through laughter in this weekend’s revitalizing 3-D masterpiece, which opened in
on November 5th. Appealing to kids and adults alike with whimsical characters
and “PG” rated humor, Megamind will have you wiping clean your 3-D goggles
The true genius of this flick is the ability
of the character actors that include an all-star cast who truly master the art
of revisiting Gen X slapstick humor, engaging the same crowd that would go to
see The Hangover, and still managing to charm the younger audience through
Megamind (Will Ferrell) is a banter-loving villain with an outrageously large
blue head and a mad mission to take over
Complete with a faithful sidekick, Minion
(David Cross), Megamind spends his days torturing the
mayor Metro Man (Brad Pitt), a larger than life superhero with limitless powers
and the will to battle for justice.
Metro Man into his evil plot by kidnapping famed journalist Roxanne, (Tina Fey),
Megaman succeeds in exterminating his nemesis, and much to his surprise. Feeding
off knockabout style humor and well-known characters of the past (who can forget
Mugatu?), the storyline bursts at the seams with villainous antics, mockery,
wit, and 70s arena rock as if the Superbowl half-time show went animated and
recruited SNL producers.
The 3-D animation dazzles with each villainous strike
and heroic comeback and you can feel the softness in the velvet underside of
Megamind’s cape making 3-D the favored option for viewing.
between the doses of laser light animation and 3-D gimmicks, however, Megamind
manages to captivate the audience with each twist and turn of the storyline,
beginning when Megamind succeeds in his mission to exterminate Metro Man.
With free reign to rule the streets of
under the cloak of evil, Megamind and Minion revel in their glorious success and
soon infiltrate the metropolis.
Soon after his sinful victory, boredom and melancholy
find a home in the big blue head of Megamind, prompting him to create a rival
that will rise up against the reign of evil and create the platform for
attention he deeply longs for.
His mission to find a suitable nemesis begins
as he extracts DNA from Metro Man’s cape and creates an archenemy serum to breed
his new rival, Titan.
Nonetheless, Megamind finds himself in a
predicament when he accidently lodges the superhero gene in a nerdy cameraman,
Ted (Jonah Hill).
In what becomes a
battle for rule of
and the heart of Roxanne, Titan and Megamind go head-to-head in a battle of the
wits, embracing the well-known character styles branded by the voices of the
character actors behind them. Megamind truly shines with pure brilliance in
every aspect from the quality of animation to the layered touches of wit and
humor that distinguish the cartoon parody.
Prepare to laugh, cry, smile, and jump as
Megamind takes you on a spectacular journey that rivals even the best superhero
plot amongst an overload of comic-based action heroes dominating the theatres.
Photo: L - R Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Metroman