Critic Consensus: It regurgitates plot points from earlier animated efforts, and isn't quite as funny as it should be, but a top-shelf voice cast and strong visuals help make Megamind a pleasant, if unspectacular, diversion.
Notorious Metro City villian Megamind (voice of Will Ferrell) becomes an unlikely savior to the troubled metropolis after defeating beloved do-gooder Metro Man (voice of Brad Pitt) and creating a new opponent who refuses to play by the rules. Megamind was only an infant when his parents loaded him into an emergency escape pod and jettisoned him into space just as their planet was being sucked into a black hole. His destination: planet Earth. Meanwhile, another slightly more wholesome baby sets out on the same trajectory. But while the latter will ultimately land in the home of a wealthy couple and grow up to become Metro Man, hero of Metro City, poor Megamind finds his fate taking the opposite course when his pod crashes in a prison yard, leaving him to be raised by convicts. Later, in grade school, the kids all flock to Metro Man, leaving a frustrated Megamind to embrace a life of diabolical misdeeds. As the years go by, Metro Man and Megamind develop an intense adversarial relationship that pits them in battle over Metro City time and again. Undeterred by his unbroken losing streak, Megamind hatches an ingenious scheme to finally destroy Metro Man by kidnapping pretty reporter Roxanne Ritchi (voice of Tina Fey), and luring the predictable hero into a deadly trap. Then something unexpected happens -- Megamind's plan actually works. Now, with Metro Man out of the picture, Megamind and his Minion (voice of David Cross) stake their claim on Metro City. But what good is ultimate power when you don't even have to fight for it? Realizing that life is simply out of balance without Metro Man to be the hero, Megamind creates a new foe who will be just as righteous and powerful as his fallen adversary. Unfortunately, Megamind's schemes usually have a way of backfiring, and when Metro City's newest savior proves even more evil than Megamind, the blue-hued antihero prepares to fight back with everything he's got. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
|Rating:||PG (for action and some language)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy|
|Directed By:||Cameron Hood, Kyle Jefferson, Tom McGrath|
|Written By:||Alan J. Schoolcraft, Alan Schoolcraft, Brent Simons|
|In Theaters:||Nov 5, 2010 Wide|
|On DVD:||Feb 25, 2011|
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Critic Reviews for Megamind
[Megamind] has splendid visuals, a good story, and enough witty dialogue to turn it into an enjoyable experience that's worth checking out.
It may not raise the bar of this rapidly developing genre, but it manages to pack a lot of fun and spectacle into its running time.
It does have the odd cheeky nod for the grown-ups -- and it is presented in inglorious 3D -- but it's also got a screenplay overflowing with charm, intelligence, wit and a real spark.
Would be lost in the crowd, perhaps deservedly so, if it didn't pull aces on its execution.
If you have to choose between this and the superficially similar Despicable Me, choose Megamind. It's less predictable, funnier, cleverer and generally more enjoyable.
Audience Reviews for Megamind
Megamind is a highly entertaining and inventive animated comedy that deserves far more praise than what it has received. I really thought that the film was one of those films that really exceeded expectations, and was quite good with the story, voice cast and 9of course animation. The film has plenty of good comedic bits, and to viewers who enjoy a fun, entertaining comedy that is engaging from start to finish, Megamind is definitely worth your time. I thought that the idea here was very good, and of course simple, and while using that, the filmmakers were able to pull off something quite memorable in the process. For what it is, it's an impressive Will Ferrell vehicle, and here he does some very good work as the lead character, Megamind. If you love animated features, Megamind is a film for you. With some great on-screen gags, well crafted story, and good performances from the talent voicing the characters, Megamind succeeds at being a wonderful animated comedy, one that uses the bare minimum to really grab your attention. I felt that this movie definitely deserved more praise than what it initially got, and it should belong among the most memorable genre films. Megamind has great characters, a good idea that just grabs your attention. What Megamind does so well is that it uses its cast to really elevate the film's material, and since the cast is comprised of some of today's funniest actors, it's what gives the film its edge to make it stand out among other animated features, that and it's visuals, effective direction and well thought out comedy. Megamind is well worth seeing if you enjoy animated features and it's a movie that is well worth your time.
Adorable and refreshingly deep, in regard to the theorizing over the nature of good and evil. Is a villain still a villain without a hero? Can there be one without the other? Can one create goodness, or will absolute power corrupt absolutely?
After a long long run of mediocrity from Dreamworks the studio finally started to find their stride starting with 'Kung Fu Panda' and the underrated 'Over the Hedge'. Then along came this little gem which once again uses the tired superhero genre but actually makes it work. This film kinda reminded me of 'Mystery Men', its a tired formula and stupid, but its so very funny.
The twist is simply we are following the supervillain and how is daily life unfolds, not totally original of course but making him a bit of an imbecile and buffoon is a nice touch. Basically 'Megamind' is the supervillain of 'Metro City' and his nemesis is 'Metro Man'.
Both these guys are aliens who were saved from their dying home worlds by their parents, both stuffed into escape pods and blasted into space ala the Superman origins. The hero is basically a parody of Superman with his good looks, dark slick hair, powers etc...whilst Megamind is more of a genius without super powers but with super intellect.
Megamind: 'Your weakness is copper? Y-you're kidding right?'
But instead of a 'Lex Luthor' copy we have a quirky retro 50's design for Megamind, he clearly has been based on all those classic black n white schlock sci-fi movies where some of the aliens had huge vein riddled craniums (no veins here though). Both end up on Earth but one has the good fortune of a good upbringing, the other is brought up in a prison which warps him, I don't think I need to tell you which.
What I like about this film is the way Megamind actually beats his nemesis and we see what happens after that. Most films show the obvious good vs evil and we all know what will happen, but this film shows us what happens to the evil genius once he's actually won. And that is one small part that is so amusing, the way Megamind and his sidekick are so amazed and stunned they have actually won is hilarious! they never thought it would actually happen, and of course when it does happen they dunno what to actually do.
From there on we witness Megamind entering depression to the point where he must create a new superhero simply so he can have mega battles again. The whole story seems so simple yet its so very clever, what really works here is the fantastic voice work by Will Ferrell who kills it as 'Megamind', this character is so likeable. The fast, snappy, paranoid dialog from this character along with his nervous twitchy body movements makes this guy highly amusing to watch.
Metro Man: 'Well, I think your warranty's about to expire!'
Megamind: 'Maybe I got an extended warranty!'
Metro Man: 'Warranties are invalid, if used beyond their intended purpose!'
Admittedly the start of the film is easily the best with the funniest moments, pretty much all sequences with Megamind and Metro Man verbally abusing each other rein supreme. The character of 'Tighten' isn't really anywhere near as fun, he serves his purpose but I found myself dying for more Megamind and Metro Man, Tighten does make the film more downbeat but that is his job so...
Metro Man: 'It's REVENGE, and it's best served cold!'
Megamind: 'But it can be easily reheated, in the microwave of evil!'
By now I'm sure the whole superhero thing might be getting annoying, depending on your tastes, this plot isn't gonna help. This whole thing has been done to death now no question, but on the visual side I can't fault it, the destruction on display is almost as good as any modern superhero flick right now. The characters look a bit goofy but everything else looks superb, truly award winning.
For me this film was all about the verbal, its fast, witty, inventive, clever and much more adult themed in my opinion. Much of this is merely in small quips, facial expressions and quick glances all blended together with excellent voice work, the whole thing feels more like an animated Mel Brooks spoof/parody and Ferrell helps give it that slightly grown up feel. In no way is this a dumb silly kids flick oh no, I'm very certain most kids won't appreciate what's going on here.
One negative point for me was the soundtrack which at times was awful. Actual tracks from various artists blasted out during action sequences which felt totally out of place and kinda lazy really. Lets not create our own musical score, we'll just stick in random music tracks yeah, job done.
Very clever and much smarter than you'd think, a character who starts off as a supervillain, becomes slightly good but with evil intentions, then becomes good with good intentions and finally becomes an all out superhero, nice rollercoaster. Its a little dark in places which is great but surprisingly funny throughout, in short its way better than 'Despicable Me'.
|Roxanne Ritchi:||So, that's it? You're just giving up?|
|MegaMind:||I'm the bad guy. I don't save the day, I don't fly off into the sunset and I don't get the girl.|
|Metro Man:||And I love you, random citizen!|
|Tighten:||Cool, so Thursday? Soft Thursday? Chicks don't like bouncy houses.|
|Roxanne Ritchi:||Good night Hal.|
|Tighten:||That's a soft yes on Thursday. Kicks news van in frustration. What's wrong with me? Renting a bouncy house? Chicks don't like bouncy houses, they like clowns!|
|Metro Man:||Revenge is a dish best serve cold!|
|MegaMind:||Well it can easily re-heated... In the microwave of evil!|
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