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Review: “Megamind” With Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey

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Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt star in "Megamind."
Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt star in "Megamind."

“Megamind” is the story of a big-headed blue alien whose parents shipped him off with his companion Minion while his home planet fell victim to a hungry black hole. At the same time, one Metro Man (Brad Pitt) is similarly shipped off. Both aliens land in nearby areas on Earth, but Megamind (Will Ferrell) just can’t seem to impress people–they’re kind of afraid of him instead.

Many years later, an adult Megamind kidnaps reporter Roxanne Ritchie (Tina Fey). Roxanne reveals that she’s bored with the kidnapping routine. As she awaits rescue, Megamind and Minion (David Cross) fry the observatory in which Megamind has trapped Metro Man.

Without a nemesis, Megamind grows bored and creates a new hero to oppose him–but hero Hal Stewart (Jonah Hill) isn’t exactly the right man for the job. Amidst this, Roxanne and Megamind (sort of) form a dysfunctional romance. It’s like a “Superman” movie while satirizing one, emerging as the adult segment of its audience is beginning to enjoy knowing more about the bad guy through works like “Wicked” and “Grendel.”

For adults, the movie lacked the sexual innuendo often supplied in such movies–which is actually refreshing. Instead, the film makes use of puns and prop humor to keep audiences of all ages entertained, though younger audience members might not understand many of the presented puns.

Because the first half of the movie follows a standard Superman-esque plot, it’s rather predictable. Within the first 45 minutes, I actually fell asleep during the movie and woke up 10 or 15 minutes later, easily able to fill in the predictable plot points. (After watching so much “Smallville,” you really can’t blame me.)

While the first third of the movie really presented a slump, I found the rest of it enjoyable and entertaining, including some plot twists. The jokes seemed to get funnier as the movie progressed as well–the pace of events increased, too.

For an adult audience, “Megamind” is seriously enjoyable if you imagine the voice actors portraying these roles in a live-action setting. Who wouldn’t pay to see Will Ferrell don spandex, spikes and mascara?

As for the kids, I can’t say there were that many in the movie theater. This is a shame, because the movie’s actually very kid-friendly and bereft of innuendos. Sure, the characters are rendered into impossible proportions, but at least Fey’s character sports an hourglass figure and a bob haircut along with the Bambi eyes. Unlike some animated features, the movie doesn’t simply offer exaggerated female forms, either–Pitt’s character is similarly morphed into an extreme bodybuilder-style physique.

While the voice actors truly make the movie, “Megamind” is a worthwhile tale, friendly for kids and adults alike. I wouldn’t urge you to rush out and see it while still in theaters, but it’s surely worth a look on Netflix in the next few months.