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Megamind Movie Review

Megamind Movie Review

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Published by Craig Forgrave
I love you, random movie fan! I’m not used to positive feedback, due to a childhood spent in prison and a mega-huge brain devoted to pure evil. I’m Megamind and I’ve defeated goody-two-shoes and his fabulous hair! Yes, I’m blue and bald as a baby with a cute minion in a goldfish bowl. What to do now? Oh, it’s so terribly boring running rampant through the streets without a super hero to thwart my evil plans…
One Word Movie Review: Good
I love you, random movie fan! I’m not used to positive feedback, due to a childhood spent in prison and a mega-huge brain devoted to pure evil. I’m Megamind and I’ve defeated goody-two-shoes and his fabulous hair! Yes, I’m blue and bald as a baby with a cute minion in a goldfish bowl. What to do now? Oh, it’s so terribly boring running rampant through the streets without a super hero to thwart my evil plans…
One Word Movie Review: Good

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Megamind Movie Review

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Megamind
November 5, 2010

I love you, random movie fan! I’m not used to positive feedback, due to a childhood spent in prison and a mega-huge brain devoted to pure evil. I’m Megamind and I’ve defeated goody-twoshoes and his fabulous hair! Yes, I’m blue and bald as a baby with a cute minion in a goldfish bowl. What to do now? Oh, it’s so terribly boring running rampant through the streets without a super hero to thwart my evil plans…

One Word Movie Review: Good
The Dreamworks formula of cliché-reversal storytelling produces yet another clever, predictable and visually-stunning movie for families everywhere. This time, it is the Superman tale which gets the Dreamworks treatment, starting with two babies rocketing away from dying planets, both landing on earth and finding eager families willing to raise cute alien babies as their own children. The Superman baby lands under the Xmas tree of a prosperous family while the Braniac baby lands in a prison exercise yard. From there, one grows up to be a hero and the other a villain. One is super-powerful, the other super-

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intelligent. Together they battle endlessly like every other comic book duo, fighting over the lovely, impossibly-proportioned TV reporter, Roxanne Ritchi. Good always triumphs over evil, saves the girl and puts the bad Megamind in jail. He escapes, kidnaps Roxanne, threatens her again, she is saved and Megamind is tossed back behind bars again. Now we enter the Dreamworks factory of “what-if” 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 effects and familiar rock music and you have Megamind, the tale of a villain gone good after the hero fakes his own death to retire and explore a career in music. Turning convention on its ear is interesting for the first half of the movie but you eventually have to revert to the traditional ending of all superhero movies and defeat the bad guy and save the girl. Megamind starts well but fades by the end, as our blue-skinned evil anti-hero dances off stage to Michael Jackson’s Bad after entering stage left to George Thorogood’s Bad to the Bone. Now there 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 AC/DC and Guns and Roses tunes juicing the action scenes. My favorite comment was the “awesome

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parenting” observation from one boy as Metro Man juggles three babies in the air, showing off for his adoring fans. It sums up this movie about raising orphan aliens in contrasting environments, shaping their future destinies forever: Awesome parenting! After a string of poorly-made 3D films recently, Dreamworks took care to deliver on the potential of this new technology. For once, it was worth the extra 3 bucks for the glasses. Every frame of the film, from the new Dreamworks “boy fishing on the moon logo” to the closing credits on rotating cards benefit from the added depth perspective.

The Story
Megamind opens with our villain/hero falling from the sky to certain death, narrating his own demise before flash-backing to the start of his life. We eventually return to this deathly moment later on and it resolves as one would expect, not with the splatter of blue on the sidewalk but the triumph of evil turned good over evil. Cut to dying planets being sucked into a black hole and twin rockets carrying two babies towards Earth where their rivalry builds from schoolyard competition to Metrocity domination. (That’s Metrocity, as in atrocity, as Megamind would say). We watch both alien boys grow up, feeling sorry for

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Megamind growing up in prison, being picked on at school before finally realizing the only thing he was good at was “being bad”. Of course, when you’re the last guy picked for dodge ball, after the girl with the broken leg in a cast, you know you’re not destined for heroism and idol-worship. We then move on to their adult battles, meeting the lovely, plucky, smart-mouthed Roxanne and the many scenes of prison incarceration and escape, thanks to the old “wristwatch-powered transformation into warden disguise” trick. With his sudden victory over Metro Man, the evil Megamind takes over Metrocity, loots and steals with abandoned and gets terribly bored. He conjures up a new super-powered hero to add a bit of sport into his evil empire but things get out of hand and he’s forced to defeat his own creation-gone-wild and save Metrocity from his own genius, right out of a page from the Jimmy Neutron playbook. We end with our little blue orphan baby replacing Metro Man as the city’s hero, with his own museum of honor in the town square and a big kiss from Roxanne. Isn’t that sweet?

The Genre
The 3D CGI family fantasy animation genre is a cash cow for Hollywood and they crank them out with

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staggering regularity. Parents sit through them hoping there’s something for them as well, and the very best films manage to satisfy the entire family. This is essential for those with kids of a certain age who watch their favorite movies over and over again, snuggled tight to their moms and dads. I know, having seen A Bug’s Life and Toy Story about fifty times each. After the first dozen or so viewings, you thank the filmmakers for every scrap of intelligence on screen. Megamind will be one of these repeat-viewed movies and my assessment is positive for the many parents who will sit through this many times. You will discover bits of clever design, throwaway lines and comic antics on the edge of the frame you missed the first few times you watched it. Best of all, the draggy bits in the middle may be just the thing to put the kids to sleep early.

The Overall Quality
Unlike other Dreamworks films that toss in way too many inside Hollywood jokes, Megamind’s humor retains the tone and context of the world these characters inhabit. Tom McGrath is a confident director, having helmed the Madagascar films and uses this opportunity to raise his game to a 3D level while remaining one of the best directors of action scenes in this genre. Although he doesn’t top the marvelous crash scene from Madagascar

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2, the fight scenes in Megamind are epic in scale, as in the observatory explosion and the tossing of a needle-nosed skyscraper down a city street. The voice acting rings true to character, and one forgets the actor behind the voice except for Brad Pitt’s long speech about his decision to retire. This is not Brad’s fault, but is just a long-winded script covering ground we don’t need to travel. The music is forgettable, which is surprising for the talented Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe. The rock songs are obvious picks except for the use of Minnie Ripperton as comic contrast to AC/DC. Probably the only way Minnie was going to get into a soundtrack of a movie anyway. As mentioned earlier, the 3D presentation is excellent. The script has some great lines (especially Roxanne’s complaints about being kidnapped so many times) but suffers from being front-ended with original twists and then conforming to predictable formulas to wrap up. Finally, is there really a need to publish the entire Dreamworks corporate phone book in the end credits? Perhaps this is a perk of employment there, to see your name in lights. If so, there must be about a thousand happy Dreamworkers watching on opening night.

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Movie/Market Analysis
The Movie Mood for audiences is Positive. Megamind delivers a quality family experience that should delight the whole crowd. MarketBOB's Sentiment Indicators, the GQS (Genre, Quality, Story) rate Megamind an emotional BULL. Good does triumph in the end, even for babies who start out in prison and mature into totally evil megalomaniacs. Perhaps there is a message here for all of us, that good will triumph in the end, against all odds. Or maybe, when the heroes retire, the bad guys get bored and want to change. Perhaps our economy has given the bad guys everything they’ve ever wanted and now they’re going to change their greed for goodness. Yeah, right.

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