Movie Review: Megamind (2010)

Starring: Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill and Tina Fey

Directed by: Tom McGrath

After the super villain of Metro City (Megamind) kills his nemesis he suddenly becomes very bored with having nobody to fight so decided to create his own superhero but rather than use his powers for good, the newly created hero sets out to destroy the world. Megamind must decide to do the right thing for once in his life and try and save the day instead of destroying it.

Megamind is a Dreamworks animation that has a ridiculously star studded cast. With actors such as Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross and Ben Stiller it was inevitable that this movie would be full of laughs as it was a movie that could be enjoyed by both adults and kids alike. What surprised me was the depth in which the plot delved into as with a lot of children’s animation movies the plot and story tends to be quite one dimensional but Megamind is a thinly disguised story of Superman but rather than being told from Clarke Kent’s perspective it’s told from the point of view of his arch nemesis Lex Luthor and it has plenty of layers and overlapping sub plots. It was an interesting story to watch develop and the laughs just kept coming as the movie ends on a rather satisfying note.

The animation was great and main character Megamind (Will Ferrell) and his evil sidekick Minion (David Cross) were fantastic to watch as they played evil not so genius’s. Megamind also benefitted by one of the better movie soundtracks that I’ve heard in a long long time as it featured songs from musicians such as AC/DC, Elvis Presley, Ozzy Osbourne, Michael Jackson and many more. Some of the songs featured are some of the biggest and most recognisable songs of all time and each song used was really fitting to the scene it was used in. The chemistry between Megamind and love interest Roxanne (Tina Fey) was really well written and portrayed on screen very well too as Roxanne went through a real rollercoaster of emotions towards Megamind and his schemes.

The main let down within this film however was at times after Megamind had created his own super hero to fight against, Tighten (Jonah Hill), there were moments where Tighten was trying to win over Roxanne and the movie took a bit of a dark turn as for a while Tighten and even Megamind both gave off the impression of rape. I thought it was really unnecessary to be involved within the story of a children’s movie and even the slightest indication of it seemed out of place with the rest of the movie.

Overall, Megamind was an enjoyable animation which provided some great laughs with a thick plot which had layers and layers which made it easier for adults to enjoy.


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