Monday, November 8, 2010

Movie Review: Will Ferrell Has a Big Head

Megamind movie poster, property of Dreamworks Animation.

Wanna hear something funny?  We were planning on seeing For Colored Girls last night but ended up seeing Megamind instead.  They said that we couldn't see it because the movie was literally only for colored girls.  Okay.  That's not true.  Megamind just had an earlier showtime and I had to get up early in the morning.  So instead of a drama, we ended up with an animated comedy.  And do you know what?  It was actually funny.

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the general premise of this movie, since there have been ads running for it for a year now it seems.  Metro Man (voiced by Brad Pitt) is Metro City's pride and joy.  Their superhero and defender of justice.  And Megamind (voiced by Will Ferrell) is the villain.  But Megamind's schemes never seem to work, no matter how many times he kidnaps Roxanne Ritchi (voiced by Tina Fey) the local news reporter and rumored girlfriend of Metro Man.

But one day, surprising even himself, Megamind's plan works and Metro Man is destroyed.  Nothing is stopping him from wreaking havoc on Metro City.  But without the opposition, being a bad guy turns out to be pretty boring.  He realizes that without a hero, his role as villain is pointless.  So he and his minion (voiced by David Cross) set off to create a new superhero to fight named Tighten (voiced by Jonah Hill).  Unfortunately for everyone, Tighten becomes a villain and it's up to Megamind to save the day.

What appealed to me with this movie was the originality of the script.  I felt like it was a different take on the whole superhero thing, and there were plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep me entertained.  The jokes were all very funny (I will admit that one went over my head and Brian had to explain it to me... ha ha) and the animation was superb.  Will Ferrell, surprisingly enough, managed to create a very lovable and well-rounded character.  Megamind has a heart, and it's very nice to see him change his stripes at the end.

This movie wasn't quite as good as How to Train Your Dragon, which was both funny and heartwarming, but it definitely had more meat than Despicable Me.  Looks like Dreamworks is getting better lately.  I'm proud of them.

They still aren't as good as Pixar though...

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