Movie Review : Megamind (3D)

With a couple of animation hits under their belts in the recent years, can Dreamworks release another one this year? I’m here to tell you, yes, they can.

Megamind tells the story of a super villain, Megamind (played by Will Ferrell), who manages to defeat his arch-nemesis, Metroman (played by Brad Pitt). After his victory, he does everything he wants without any hindrance, which eventually gets boring. Falling into depression because he has nobody to battle him, he decides to raise a new super-hero to be his new arch-nemesis, Tighten (Jonah Hill). But things get out of hand when the new super-hero becomes more evil than him.

With an all-star cast of Will Ferrell, David Cross, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt, you know you’re in for a treat! Megamind has jokes from the get go. Though they aren’t as ridiculous as recent offering such as The Other Guys, or vulgar as Get Him To The Greek, or as snide as any of David Cross’s stand-up material, it’s still a laugh-out-loud affair. The movie starts off as a super-hero spoof in the beginning and takes on a life of its own after the introduction. The storyline was good- enough twists and turns to keep me happy, and it was paced well. You’re not gonna walk out of the cinema feeling, “oh my god, that was the best movie I’ve ever seen!” but you’ll definitely enjoy it all the way while you’re in the cinema.

The visuals in this movie are great as well. Expect to see similar sort of treatment in live-action super hero movies in the future. The characters are all very memorable, especially Minion. Fishbowl-heads always get my attention. Metro Man looks special enough, while retaining the generic super-hero look. And Megamind looks the part- sinister and idiotic at the same time. Is it just me or are short-haired girls the in thing right now for animated movies? Monsters Vs. Aliens, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Bolt..where are the long haired damsels? (Oh wait, Rapunzel is coming soon.) There’s nothing jaw-dropping here, but you’d be hard-pressed to find something to call ugly or visually unappealing.

Overall, Megamind is by no stretch what you would call a brilliant movie, but it is highly entertaining and will have you laughing from start to finish. It is one of the better animated movies this year. If you’re looking for a lighthearted super-hero comedy, Megamind is right up your alley. Megamind gets 7/10.

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