Movie Review: Megamind (2010)

Posted: December 3, 2011 in Animation, Comedy

Megamind (Will Ferrell) is a space alien sent to Earth at the same time as Metroman (Brad Pitt)  Metroman lands in a human house, and becomes a superhero, Megamind lands in a prison and ends up being a supervillan .  After an epic battle, Megamind finds Metroman’s weakness, namely copper,  and seemingly does away with Metroman.  Without a nemesis to challenge him, Megamind becomes bored and lonely.  To alleviate his loneliness, Megamind uses a special  watch to disguise himself as a security guard named Bernard (Ben Stiller) and starts dating reporter Roxanne Ritchie (Tina Fey).  Megamind also creates a superhero from Metroman’s dandruff and shoots that entire load of DNA into news cameraman Hal Stewart. (Jonah Hill), transforming Hal into Titan. Hal also has a crush on Roxanne, but after being spurned by Roxanne, Titan starts wrecking the city.  Will Megamamind turn from supervillan to superhero?

This is a pretty funny movie.  The story borrows a lot from Superman, the superhero, the female reporter the arch villain, with a twist. Will Ferrell carries this movie, he adds depth to what could have been a one dimensional character, and he does a hilarious Marlon Brando as Jor-El impression..  Tina Fey brings a funny touch to the reporter, who is also Megamind’s love interest.  It’s kind of odd to see Tina Fey as a love interest, because her Liz Lemon character is sort of the anti-love interest. Brad Pitt does not add anything to the hero character, putting in a bland, lifeless performance, this is more the writer’s fault the Pitt’s, maybe they could have given him a clumsy alter-ego, a la Clark Kent. Jonah Hill is irritating as a lonely loser stalker type. It’s basically the same kind of role he played in Superbad and every other movie he’s been in.  This movie does not measure up to either Toy Story 3, or Despicable Me.  It could have been funnier and sweeter, but it is not either. If Toy Story 3 and Despicable Me were never made, this would have seemed better, but it doesn’t measure up to those two movies.

Megamind.  I didn’t mind it, but it could have been better.

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