Creativity, humor in animated comedy
November 17, 2010
Filed under Reviews
“Megamind” is an entertaining movie with many surprises and quite a few laughs. The movie is targeted at kids, but anyone who is a fan of Will Ferrell will definitely be amused.
The plot revolves around two characters, Megamind and Metro Man, who are both sent from space in the beginning of the movie. Where they both end up on Earth somewhat determines their destiny. Metro Man (Brad Pitt) ends up in a suburban couple’s home, while Megamind (Will Ferrell) ends up in a prison. Growing up, Metro Man takes the roll of the superhero and Megamind takes the role of the villain.
What I thought was most interesting about this movie was how original the plot was, at least to me. I kept thinking the movie was going in a certain direction and was very surprised when all my predictions ended up being wrong. There were three specific moments in the movie that I did not see coming at all.
With a cast including Ferrell, Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross and Ben Stiller, the movie took on many aspects of a usual comedy movie that you would normally find these actors in.
It still possessed the elements of a children’s movie by placing some dimwitted laughs that any child would find comical, but it also had somewhat of a sophisticated humor that will keep adults’ attention as well.
I found the action in the movie a bit surprising. I would say it is more violent-natured than a lot of children’s movies, but it still wasn’t too bad.
The movie takes a different approach than most superhero movies I’ve seen. While most movies would normally focus on the superhero, the villain is the main character in this version, which is a little odd at first, but it works well toward the end.
Will Ferrell does play a character that he’s played many times before and uses his typical humor. In the film he mispronounces words and makes silly assumptions about things that are funny but a little redundant.
Overall this movie is one I’d see again. It had great character development, a good plot, an awesome soundtrack and a lot of laughs.
Though at times I questioned whether the content was suitable for children, it was a good movie and, if I had children, I would take them to see it.