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Megamind (2010) Movie Review

November 6, 2010

“Megamind” is the second movie of the year about an evil genius who has a soft side.  Just like “Despicable Me” before it, “Megamind” has a number of laughs and a story that comes out of left field considering the content of the trailers.  Without spoiling much, let me be clear, this is not a movie with the traditional fights between the hero and villain.  Instead, we have a successful villain who realizes he isn’t happy with dominating a city and creates a superhero to have some competition.  Anyone who has paid much attention to movies lately should easily predict the outcome of turning a character voiced by Jonah Hill into a superhero.  The social reject turns into a superhero with powers so his resentment from all those years makes him act more as a villain than a hero.  This attitude, often portrayed by Jonah Hill always makes me want to punch him in the face.  It would be nice to see him do something where he isn’t a sarcastic douche.

On the complete opposite of the spectrum, Megamind himself is voiced by Will Ferrell and all the typical hate I have for his characters is left at the door.  Ferrell manages to make Megamind a charming likeable villain.  What keeps “Megamind” from complete failure is a heavy dose of irony served to Megamind himself upon dominating Metro City.  There are also some jokes that are likely to be only appreciated by adults, one political and others, movie references.  Despite the ultimate failure of a storyline, the charming and sometimes wacky cast managed to keep my interest until the end.  The music, composed by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe, fits nicely to the sappy, romantic, movie.  The music is largely small ensemble orchestra and has a theme that is used throughout.  Sadly, the music is mixed a bit low and it can hardly be noticed.

I watched “Megamind” in 3D and it added to the film nicely.  Things popped off the screen at times but mostly it provided an added depth to the movie.  I mainly went to 3D because the time fit better into my evening.  I suggest you just go to the 2D show if available because you will probably have just as much fun that way.  If you enjoyed “Despicable Me” or just like the thought of a sentimental super-villian, there is some fun to be had with “Megamind.”  Just don’t expect it to save the day with awesome.

3.5/5

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