Posted on 11/23/10 10:21 PM
A unique good humored animated film about a super hero battling his arch nemesis.
I've seen quite a few super-hero movies in my day,and they all seem to have the same old formula. They all include cities terrorized by crime that seem to stem from one evil rival whom is consistently defeated by the "hero" character. Well "Megamind" pokes fun at this over-used story line and then takes another less often used trail that surprised me.
The characters are well developed and likable and the all star cast of voices does a superb job bringing them to life. Will Ferrell does what he does best voicing the lead "Megamind" the "evil" villain who is obviously trying very hard to be evil and is perfectly happy to lose every battle to fit in. The hero "Metroman" (Brad Pitt) is the ideal hero, kissing babies and keeping the streets crime free. Johna Hill also dials in his contibution by playing an over wieght geek, quite a stretch from most of his other roles :)
The film is peppered with jokes and references to super-hero movies. The beginning starts with a spoof of the very familiar origin of superman story where his parents shoot him in a shuttle to Earth. Another great reference was a scene when Megamind introduces his "Black Momba" mechanized suit of armor you hear the familiar "Back in Black" intro to reference the Iron man movie series.
The movie has some light-hearted messages about fitting in and peoples ability to change for the better or worse. This would be a good movie to see with your children on a Sunday afternoon, and a must for the family collection. I give Megamind 4 out of 5