The second animated film of 2010 to feature a goofy super villain as the protagonist, Megamind's fall release appeared to be too little, too late, despite starring the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Brad Pitt. Thankfully, the DreamWorks Animation comedy is significantly different than Despicable Me, much closer to The Incredibles in tone and delivery.
In Megamind, the title character (Ferrell) is a super villain and arch nemesis to Metro Man (Pitt), Metro City's savior. Having been defeated countless times, Megamind unleashes his latest plot to kill Metro Man by once again kidnapping reporter Roxanne Ritchie (Fey). To his surprise, he succeeds, leaving him to rule the city and do whatever he wants. But when a new super villain surfaces, Megamind realizes he must switch sides and become the city's hero.
Megamind is mildly funny, featuring enough gags and goofy situations to amuse both children and parents alike. It's not as clever or comical as Despicable Me (or The Incredibles, but neither film compares very favorable to the Pixar classic), but it is equally entertaining. Whereas Despicable Me relied more on ridiculous jokes and absurd characters, Megamind is more about lighthearted action - and Megamind delivers.
The film features a legitimately entertaining climax, but the picture is solid throughout. Ferrell is great as the lead character, and Pitt, Fey, David Cross and Jonah Hill serve as a dutiful supporting cast. The picture is well written by Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons. Director Tom McGrath makes up for giving audiences Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
Megamind is a very good movie that is different enough from films that have come before it to stand on its own. It isn't The Incredibles, but has a fun story and great execution. Highly recommended.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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