By: Bryan Montgomery
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Consider me surprised. In a world of constant family films that disappoint, there are always diamonds in the rough. Megamind is one of those diamonds, using a strong cast led by Will Farrell and a surprisingly down-to-earth storyline to create one of the top three animated movies of 2010.
Megamind focuses on the evil villain Megamind (no kidding, right?) as he faces off against Metroman (Voiced by Brad Pitt). Megamind finally defeats his arch-rival, but soon realizes that his status as a villain is dependent on his rivalry with a hero. Soon Megamind comes up with a grand scheme to re-assert his status as the nastiest villain in town, but will it backfire?
When watching Megamind, I was pleasantly surprised by how down to Earth and entertaining it was. A high amount of animated movies tend to simply try and mix immature humor with subtle life messages that speak volumes to the younger crowds, but Megamind goes deeper than that, instead looking for messages of meaning, devotion and dedication to identity. From the trailers, Megamind seems to be just another dumb animated movie, but the trailers are very misleading as to how good this movie actually is.
The voice talents are spot on. Will Farrell does a great job playing the lead role, giving Megamind a high dose of reality and believability, even for a blue man with a big head. It is a believable role, and one that is likely one of the best Dreamworks Animation has put on the screen since Donkey in the Shrek series. Tina Fey, Seth Green and Brad Pitt also do a great job in their roles, transcending the standard level of animated feature actors to create characters of their own. With the exception of Farrell and Green, it took some time to wrap my head around who was playing who, but in the end, that is a good thing because it allows for the separation of the role from the character.
The only shortfall of Megamind is its predictability. Like any other animated movie that has come out over the last decade, the plot is essentially like a train on rails, not dejected or detracted in anyway outside of the norm. The ending is predictable and the film ventures into very familiar territory in order to get there. A major part of the advertising of the film has been the battle between Farrell and Pitt, and some viewers might not like the way that the film actually is in comparison to the previews.
Megamind is a surprisingly good film for families and the fragile older crowd. The film has enough to carry over between the two audiences, the standard animated story for the kids, but at the same time, a different, entertaining and interesting story for the older crowd. If you enjoyed any of Dreamworks’ previous animated films, then Megamind is definitely a film worth checking out, and comes highly recommended.