By Dirk Sonniksen | November 4, 2010
Writer(s): Alan J. Schoolcraft, Brent Simons
Voices: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross
The cast of Megamind is a who’s who of today’s comedic talent, with Brad Pitt thrown in for good measure. It’s a rip-roaring thrill-fest that traverses the confines of Metro City, the proverbial watering hole of the city’s two archenemies, Metro Man (Brad Pitt) and Megamind (Will Ferrell). Metro Man comes from good blood, and it shows in his hunky features and sparkly wit; everyone wants to hang with Metro Man.
Unfortunately, Megamind is not so lucky. While he may have been created from the same intergalactic goo, he is no Metro Man. He’s a lanky fellow with a giant, blue head; he trips over his words; his evil plans are continuously thwarted by Metro Man. Let’s face it, Megamind just can’t catch a break.
And so goes the story, with Megamind battling for the hearts and minds of Metro City with nary a chance in hell of succeeding. Overall, the idea behind Megamind is a bit stale, but Dreamworks has that knack for taking any old tired situation and turning it into something fresh, and Megamind is no different, with fantastic animation and comedy that will have both the kiddies and the adults bathing in that joyful sea of mirth.
And there are indeed laughs aplenty in Megamind, most of which are at the expense of the film’s namesake. Dreamworks manages to create an incredibly lovable underdog, something I did not expect in the beginning of the film. There’s a little evil in all of us, a part of our psyche that wants to rule our respective surroundings in a diabolical manner, but the good always wins out, no? For those willing to subscribe to this line of thought, Megamind is your new hero, although the forces of darkness must ultimately move aside for the good that rests deep in the recesses of the brooding heart.
But what would such an endeavor be without some eye candy? Much like every other animated film these days, Megamind is shot in glorious (haha) 3D, and while I’ve never been a huge fan of the medium, it does add a nice additional coat to the palette.
Will Ferrell could probably voice every Dreamworks film and not screw it up; he is ideal as Megamind, a bad guy who is ill equipped to wreak havoc on the streets of Metro City. If I had not known Ferrell was the voice behind the big blue head, I might not have been able to pick him out. Brad Pitt is perfect for the part of Metro Man, the dashing superhero who is utterly full of himself. Add the comedic stylings of Jonah Hill and Tina Fey to the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for another animated hit. Honorable mention goes out to David Cross as Minion, the fish-robot-thing that acts as Megamind’s better half.
Megamind worked for me in large part due to the fact that there was lots of funny that I could relate to. I enjoyed Megamind’s confused vocabulary and his inability to adapt to his environment. He’s the outcast, and that’s why he turns to a life of crime (albeit a silly kind of crime), but in the end, he wins the girl—literally. Yes, that a skinny alien with an enormous blue head can land a real looker is something for all of us to aspire to.