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intelligent. Together they battle endlessly like everyother comic book duo, fighting over the lovely,impossibly-proportioned TV reporter, Roxanne Ritchi.Good always triumphs over evil, saves the girl and putsthe bad Megamind in jail. He escapes, kidnaps Roxanne,threatens her again, she is saved and Megamind is tossedback behind bars again.
Now we enter the Dreamworks factory of “what
storytelling, where we reverse the roles and add a lot of smart dialogue riffing off the conventional banter
between protagonists we’ve heard over and over again.
Amp up the visual presentation, toss in some 3D effectsand familiar rock music and you have
, thetale of a villain gone good after the hero fakes his owndeath to retire and explore a career in music.Turning convention on its ear is interesting for the firsthalf of the movie but you eventually have to revert to thetraditional ending of all superhero movies and defeat thebad guy and save the girl.
starts well butfades by the end, as our blue-skinned evil anti-hero
dances off stage to Michael Jackson’s
stage left to George Thorogood’s
Bad to the Bone
. Nowthere is a character arc if I ever heard one told in rock and roll tunes.The 12-year old boys behind me loved the 3D, judging
by the number of “whoas” and “wows” I heard them
mutter between smartass remarks and raves about the
Guns and Roses
tunes juicing the actionscenes.
My favorite comment was the “awesome