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March 13, 2011 2 comments

Megamind

Director: Tom McGrath
Writer: Alan J. Schoolcraft, Bret Simons
Stars: Will Ferrell, David Cross, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill
Reviewed by: Klash

Upon defeating his lifelong nemesis Metro Man the villainous Megamind realizes that life has no meaning without a hero to oppose him.  After hatching a master plan to create a new rival using DNA collected from Metro Man a new hero named Titan is released upon Metro City.  What seems like the perfect plan soon turns into a major disaster as Titan refuses to become the intended  hero.  Now in unfamiliar territory, Megamind  must find a way to clean up his mess, save Metro City, and the woman he has fallen for.

Although the story wasn’t anything I hadn’t seen before, I enjoyed this film.  It combines humor geared more towards adults, hints of existing superhero origins, and a decent soundtrack. As expected of Dreamworks the animation does not disappoint.

Will Ferrell was a perfect fit for the role of Megamind and David Cross did a good job providing the voice of Minion.  Brad Pitt surprisingly didn’t have much dialogue in the film, but played his part well enough as did Tina Fey.  Lastly, Jonah Hill, who I have always seen as one dimensional was rather disappointing.

Over all a good movie which falls in line with the rest of Dreamwork’s films.  The only thing I have left to do now is get myself a forget me stick.

Rating: Two Guys

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Megamind

March 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Megamind

Director: Tom McGrath
Writer: Alan J. Schoolcraft, Bret Simons
Stars: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill
Reviewed by: Griff

The evil villain Megamind (Will Ferrell) concocts a plan to destroy his superhero nemesis Metro Man (Brad Pitt) once and for all.  Megamind’s plan succeeds and he rids himself of his archenemy. Soon after however, Megamind realizes that his life is boring and pointless without a superhero to fight, so he creates a new hero from Metro Man’s DNA named Titan. Problems arise when Titan refuses to play the part of the hero and instead becomes a villain himself. Megamind now finds himself in the unfamiliar position of having to be the hero and save Metro City from Titan.

For the most part I enjoyed this film. There is a lot of adult oriented humor here so it kept me entertained. They definitely did a nice job of paying a little homage to those of us who grew up in the 80’s. Even the soundtrack will bring back some memories.

Will Ferrell was great as the evil Megamind. This definitely was a nice vehicle for him. The rest of the cast was just ok. Brad Pitt was pretty underused for such a big name actor and didn’t really have a very big part in the film. Jonah Hill basically played Jonah Hill and his character even looked like him. Tina Fey was good but forgettable.

Although I enjoyed the movie there was something about it that just fell a little flat for me. I generally like to judge most contemporary animated films against what I like to call the Pixar standard. Pixar does and incredible job of doing three things. First, they make the movie fun for kids, Second, they throw in enough humor for adults to keep them entertained. Lastly, they add some kind of human element to the film that we can all relate to somehow. Then they wash rinse and repeat this concept for all their films.

Based on that standard I can sum up my review like this. Not enough of the first item, too much of the second, and none of the last.

Megamind is a fun ride with lots of explosions and action and I don’t think anyone is going to watch this and think it was a terrible way to spend an hour and a half, but I think you would be happier if you spent that time watching the far superior Toy Story 3. Megamind gets one and half guys from me.

 

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Megamind

Megamind

Director: Tom McGrath
Writer: Alan J. Schoolcraft, Brent Simons
Stars: Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt

Reviewed by: Scotty

The evil Megamind (Will Farrell) and heroic Metroman (Brad Pitt) are adversaries from birth that end up in the same place, Metro City. After Megamind accidentally finds Metroman’s weakness, which is copper, and destroys him, Megamind is lost without a counterpart.  This story follows Megamind’s journey to create a new hero he calls Titan (Jonah Hill), but Titan is no hero at all.  Titan is evil and does not use his new found powers to help people but to steal and destroy, which gives Megamind a chance to make up for all his wrongdoings by saving Metro City.

There are several parallels  to “Superman” throughout this movie: Megamind falls for reporter Roxanne Ritchie (Tina Fey), who is much like Lois Lane; Megamind’s alter ego is a nerd named Bernard (Ben Stiller), much like Clark Kent; and Megamind disguises himself as Jor-El to train his new hero.  The impersonation of Marlon Brando is hilarious, but will be missed by children too young to get the joke.

There were many obscure references and jokes that flew over our kids’ heads, but they kept my wife and me laughing throughout the whole movie. We enjoyed the movie more than they did.  That being said, my eight-year-old and my six-year-old were entertained enough, but my three-year-old wanted to watch SpongeBob instead.

The soundtrack is great from start to finish, with songs by AC/DC and Guns and Roses.

Megamind is a good movie, but I think it was better for adults than children.  The humor is certainly directed to the thirty-something crowd; it misses with the kids though, as there was no real humor for them.  I think my eight-year-old laughed twice during the film, and although he loves quoting funny parts of movies over and over again, he has not quoted this movie since we saw it. Unlike its’ predecessors “The Incredibles” and “Despicable Me” this movie is made for adults disguised as a kids movie.

I give it 2 guys

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Megamind

March 7, 2011 Leave a comment

This weeks movie? Megamind!

Starring: Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey
Director: Tom Mcgrath
Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi1938229529/

Check back soon for the 3 guys review!

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