The supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life.
Here, boys and girls, a story you can all love and connect with regarding a super villain! I kid, I kid, there’s actually a small but proven track record regarding villains, kids, and the ability to overcome those evil inclinations you think you need to have. One of the more popular stories (or movies) is Despicable Me. There is so many connections between Megamind and Despicable Me that I’m obligated to mention them. If you added Dr. Horrible to the mix, then you have the perfect cocktail.
A typical good vs evil story reversed
Megamind is a villain, a super villain that wants to control Metro City, and the first thing he needs to do is kill the hero – Metro Man. When he apparently does just that, he learns it’s not really all that fun to be a villain without purpose…so he strikes up the idea to create a super hero from scratch.
The story could use some help, as it is a very typical good vs evil story where the center of focus is primarily on the supervillain learning what it means to truly be good and what makes a hero. Had it been reversed, focusing more on Metro Man, it would have been a boring as sin film. I appreciate the vantage point, but it’s clear to me that they drew more strength in the characters, visuals, and sound than story. That being said, you don’t need a strong story to make kids appreciate it…but it does help when bringing them back to watch it again.
Classic Rock mixed with animation works wonders
Megamind is a film that mixes typical animation compositions with quite a few famous songs from Classic Rock’s past. These are songs that you may have heard in TV shows like Supernatural – a series that holds a completely different tone, but both carry classic rock rather well. It makes you appreciate the genre of music a little more when it can be seen in both of these types of film. Other than that, Megamind has what I consider typical and expected cartoon sound effects.
Bringing most of its strength from memorable and recognizable characters.
I’ve always had a hard time understanding why animated features always insist on having such an extravagant cast of well-known A-class actors. Half the time, I don’t even know or recognize the voice. I mean, come on, Alvin and the Chipmunks…who are you kidding?Megamind was special, as I recognized almost every actor voicing the on-screen characters. I knew it was Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, David Cross, and Jonah Hill. Brad Pitt, however, sounded like George Clooney (it probably didn’t help that his character looked like him too). For just not recognizing one voice, they did pretty well.
Apart from the voice actors, the characters are also rather memorable. It’s hard to forget a lot of blue characters – and Megamind was such a simple character it’s hard NOT to remember. The same goes for Metro Man. However, the rest of the characters, in my opinion, aren’t as memorable. They’re funny and fit well, but the only two characters you’ll remember from this are mostly the two MM characters.
A nice addition to Dreamworks‘ catalogue.
Even though I clearly prefer other anti-villains like Gru in Despicable Me, I have to at least give Megamind some credit. I know a friend with kids that watched this movie back to back five times – and I don’t care how good or bad a movie is…that’s gotta be rough. The point is, the kids loved it – so the movie did its job. Sure, it was possibly boring in a couple spots, but nothing spectacularly noticeable. This is a very decent film that is at least somewhat memorable. For that, you need to give it props.
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