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November 15, 2010

Review: Megamind

Posted by on Nov 15, 2010

So I was on travel last week for work, and one night after dinner, I found myself next to a movie theater.  I stopped over to see if anything I was interested in was playing in the next few minutes, and saw that Megamind was starting in about ten minutes.  I had seen previews and thought it looked like it had promise, but I certainly wouldn’t have gone out with the express goal of seeing it.  Since I was already there, however, I decided to stop in and see it, and I’m very glad I did.  Check out the write-up after the jump.

Megamind tells the story of Megamind and Metro Man–two extraterrestrial beings who were sent to earth as babies when their planets were destroyed by a black hole.  Metro Man crash landed into a wealthy home, while Megamind found himself in a prison.  These different circumstances caused one to grow up a hero and the other a villain.  What follows is the story of every great comic hero/villain pairing.  Megamind constantly puts the city in peril, Metro Man stops him and throws him back in jail.

This all changes one day, however, and Megamind temporarily finds himself without a superhero to keep him in check.  He quickly grows bored and laments his missing counterpart.  He finds himself facing an existential crisis.  Thus begins a surprisingly insightful look into the dynamics of heroes and villains, and the role they must both play in their narratives.

This movie is a ton of fun.  Like The Incredibles before it, this takes a sometimes comical, sometimes serious look at the typical superhero tropes and plays with them in some really fun ways.  It has really funny writing and some of the one liners are not only hilarious but are often fairly obscure comic references that only the true nerds would get.  There are also some serious moments that hold up well and help to drive the story along very effectively.  The acting is also great, with wonderful performances from Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, David Cross, Brad Pitt, and Jonah Hill.

I don’t have a lot to say about this movie except to go see it.  It is worth your time and your $12.