Movie Review: Megamind

Movie Review: Megamind

Megamind

PG for action and some language.
Genre: Comedy, children’s, family, action
Running Time: 1 hour 36 minutes

The super-villain Megamind finally conquers his nemesis, the hero Metro Man. But, he then finds his life pointless without a hero to fight! As Megamind revels in the joy of victory and domination over Metro City he suddenly finds himself bored and depressed. Actually, he realizes life is pointless and meaningless without having a superhero to fight.

What to do, what to do?

Megamind concludes the only path to happiness is to create a new superhero he can fight. But, all does not go as planned.

Proving Once Again That Will Ferrell
Is Only Funny As A Cartoon

If you’re a regular reader of Frame by Frame it is no secret that we do not like Will Ferrell. He’s rude and crude and pretty much a talentless hack when it comes to acting. As a matter of fact, a recent Forbes article names Ferrell as the most overpaid star in Hollywood! He is not a box office draw and is pretty much trying to live life off his so-called Saturday Night Live fame. Which, by the way, was not much in the way of fame at all.

However, we often joke about the fact the only way to enjoy Will Ferrell is when he’s a cartoon on the big screen. One of the few movies we actually gave a perfect score to was Curious George when he played the animated Man in the Big Yellow Hat character.

Megamind is yet another example of the fact that when Ferrell is a cartoon simply playing a part, he does well.

When Ferrell is not involved in the writing or directing of a movie, he does well. This is when we do see him shine as an actor and that’s what makes Megamind a fun movie to see with the family! When given a script and told to stay in the lines, Ferrell can pull off some great humor. He stays clean, his talent shimmers through and you don’t find yourself groaning all the time. We also believe Ben Stiller’s involvement in this movie as Executive Director helps make it work too. While Stiller can cross the line from time to time, I believe he usually crosses those lines when he’s NOT involved in writing or directing.

A Super Hero Superman Spoof

Right out of the gate Megamind sets itself up as a Superman spoof. While the comparisons are slight in the beginning, as the movie continues, it becomes obvious the intention of the writers was to spoof the iconic Superman franchise. This is by no means a bad thing. As a matter of fact, part of the genius of this movie revolves around the fact that the Superman spoof helps make Megamind not only enjoyable for parents, but also for kids. While the kids will totally miss the incredible impersonation of Marlon Brando, parents will love it! Make sure you watch closely for a Clark Kent spoof too. All in all, this is the very thing that makes Megamind worth the price of admission.

When it comes to content, it’s also obvious Megamind is NOT a Disney movie. All too often Disney ends up too far into the dark side as they always seem fascinated with trying to scare kids. While Megamind is a villain of sorts and yes he does dress in black, for the most part, he’s a tame villain simply trying to correct what he sees as a terrible injustice. Along the way he also discovers he doesn’t have to be bad just for the sake of being bad. We actually see a transformation take place and discover remorse and an attempt to fix what has gone terribly wrong.

When it comes to voice talent, with the exception of Brad Pitt as Metro Man, everyone does a wonderful job. As already mentioned above Will Ferrell really shines in this movie. His various impersonations are wonderful and it’s really too bad he doesn’t stick with this genre. David Cross who plays Minion was not only the perfect choice for the role, but also the perfect voice! Last, but certainly not least, Tina Fey puts in yet another wonderful performance as Roxanne Ritchi the love struck news reporter.

Overall, we really enjoyed this animated spoof on Superman called Megamind.

We applaud those involved in so many ways. The humor was witty and funny and most importantly they didn’t stoop to potty humor. With a PG rating, you can rest assured this is a fun family-friendly movie that both parents and kids alike will enjoy. Of course as quickly as we call Megamind family-friendly, remember, that’s for the rating. This is not a G rated movie so it’s not for the extremely young.

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

About the Author

Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.