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Megamind
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03.09.2011 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Tom McGrath

Actors:
Will Ferrell
Tina Fey
Brad Pitt

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
For years mega criminal Megamind has thought of nothing save one thing, the destruction of the one man standing between him and world domination: Metroman. But when their latest battle ends with Metroman dead, Megamind quickly realizes that ruling the world unchecked isnít as glamorous as he thought it would be.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
It became fairly obvious to me as this film opened up that these guys were leaning pretty heavy on the whole Superman vibe (ships escaping from dying planets with baby saviours) and seeing as how Iím a big fan of all things Superman and SMALLVILLE I had no problem with this whatsoever. The fact that they decided to make it a duel between two kids did make things interesting and couldíve even felt more original but when the boys start growing up we ended up with a ďClark vs. LexĒ kind of power struggle that follows the boys into adulthood forming an open ended series of epic battle between good and evil. Where the tables really turned for me was when Megamind actually kills Metroman and for lack of a better term ďwinsĒ having to come to terms with something he never saw coming...boredom.

This bad guy gets his day angle is still fresh considering the fact that DISPICABLE ME just tested these waters a few months ago and thankfully went in a completely different direction than this film so beyond the whole ďbad guy winsĒ thing, they were two totally different films (some of the weapons seemed vaguely familiar and the one eyed cute little helpers were replaced by flying robots but thatís about it for nitpicking). For a comedy however, this flick wasnít laugh out loud funny, it was comical and there were a couple times when I burst out laughing but for the most part the humour here was low brow. This doesnít change the fact that I had a blast with MEGAMIND and found the film very entertaining.

Despite not being overly fond of Will Ferrell he was quite dashing as Megamind, I loved the character, his wit, his sense of humour and above all else his transformation. The story arcs out in a couple different directions that I donít want to get into as I donít want to give anything away but Brad Pitt was cool as Metroman and Jonah Hill gave the film some real pep as Titan. One of the filmís saving graces from a comedic standpoint was Minion, Megamindís sidekick, voiced by David Cross. As with most of these films, the evil sidekick is usually just as funny as the main villain which always makes the ride much more fun.

MEGAMIND gives the comic book genre a nice spin while keeping a strong Superman-like tone throughout. The animation was gorgeous and details like the shattering glass of building windows looked damn near flawless. The soundtrack for this film was just as fun and over the top as Megamind himself, featuring all sorts of classic rock to get the blood pumping. I wouldnít call this flick groundbreaking nor would I say this was my favourite animated flick of the past year (loved LEGENDS OF THE GUARDIANS) but with the exception of THE INCREDIBLES, this was probably my second favourite superhero based animated feature and I definitely recommend checking it out if youíre down with superhero type fun.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: This commentary features the director, producers and even the writers of the film but none of the cast members, not even Will Ferrell. How do you rock a commentary about Megamind without Megamind?

Meet The Cast: Here we get a quick look and introduction to our unique and fun cast of characters. Iím still pretty surprised to see Brad Pitt in there.

Deleted Scenes: Thereís only one scene that runs about a minute long with Megamind moping around as he brushes his teeth. I can see why they cut it.

Inside Megamindís Lair: This one gives us a closer look into the greatness behind Megamindís lair and cool gadgets. I personally loved the Forget Me stick.

Animatorman: Here we get a better look and appreciation for the crew behind the filmís stellar animation.

You Can Draw Megamind: Much like it sounds one of the artists gives us a tutorial on how to draw the mega-villain, Megamind.

The Reign of Megamind-Video Comic Book: Also much like it sounds; here we get a video comic about the film. Thereís also some rapping with Megamind with Mega Rap, a Spot the Difference test and a peek into the DreamWorks animation studios.

There are also some Blu-ray exclusives like a Trivia Track which is sadly easy, another look into the animation, some behind the scenes stuff and they even show us how to make our own comic books. The best of the bunch however, is the fifteen minute extra short, The Button of Doom which is pretty damn funny as Megamind sells all his evil gear only to mistakenly unleash his greatest weapon.

Previews: There are a couple film trailers here, a Megamind Game trailer as well as a DVD Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Iíve been hoping for a sequel to THE INCREDIBLES for some time now and though this isnít exactly it, itís close enough to put a smile on my face. Again, donít go into it expecting to laugh yourself into a frenzy as you probably wonít but itís still a fun as hell time with loads of special features to enjoy.
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