Superhero vs. supervillain, good vs. evil—it’s all been done before, right? What novel twist could Megamind possibly have to offer? Surely this story will be no mind-blower. Well, your mind will certainly still be in perfect tact by the end of this film, but it will have been tickled by the fresh wit and imaginative spin of Dream Work’s latest release.

The story begins in a whirlwind of crisis as two alien planets each launch one of their young ones to earth to spare them from ensuing destruction. Being so abruptly torn from their homes, both were sent to embark on a quest to discover their respective destinies. It seemed simple enough for one to discover how to use his superhuman powers for good. He would soon become the icon and faithful hero of Metro City—the one and only Metro Man (Pitt). The other, a blue, bulbous-headed misfit, soon realized his gift was malevolence. He was destined to be evil, to forever strive with good. He donned himself Megamind (Ferrell) and quickly took his place as Metro Man’s arch-nemesis.

The two play the Good vs. Evil game for years until one day, in consequence of a routine kidnapping, Metro Man is startlingly defeated—within the first 20 minutes of the film! (So much for a predictable story-line). No one is more astonished than Megamind himself. Celebrations and festivities soon follow—well, at least between the super-villain and his loyal sidekick, Minion (Cross). The rest of the city, being in utter shock, is left helpless and vulnerable without their hero.

And so, surprisingly, is Megamind. So begins the true crisis of this story—not the fate of Metro City, not the ultimate triumph of evil, but the now-seeming purposelessness of Megamind’s nefarious life. It is his destiny to be utterly evil, to contend with Good and to be defeated (though not without concerted effort and just a touch of hilarity). Prompted by his desire to reinstate the familiarity and fulfillment of fighting against a superhero, Megamind devises a plan to create one for himself, someone to fill the void of Metro Man. But when his intended hero turns sour, Megamind is faced with an unexpected quandary, the resolution of which you will have to see for yourself.

The story is engaging, well-paced, and all-out hilarious. I giggled my way through most of the film. This is not one of those movies that has a select few comical one-liners (all contained within the previews) while the rest of the film is mediocre at best.

 The humor is due in large part to the well-crafted mix of characters. Roxanne (Fay), an endearing news reporter as well as Megamind’s frequent kidnapping target, has just enough spunk to be entertaining while not overpowering the other more absurd personalities. Minion, Megamind’s sidekick, was my favorite character, hands down. Cross’ geeky voice was the perfect pick for this character. I was almost surprised at how much I liked Ferrell as a somewhat-less-than-believable supervillain. His natural humor contributes a great dimension to Megamind’s character. Besides his own witty wickedness, Megamind’s ability to “change forms” adds whole new levels of amusement to the over-all story.

 The animation, without surprise, is pretty spectacular. There is one scene in particular in which the simple detail of the characters’ hair is nearly life-like. The 3D effect only serves to enhance this aspect of the film. Impressive, for sure.

Besides the artful integrity of the movie, it was a great family film to boot. Yes, it is a good vs. evil film, but not in the most predictable sense. Megamind’s subtle shift from antagonist to protagonist can be a valuable lesson for kids on the true power of what is good.

 I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. In short, the tactics of story-telling are well-wielded and the mix of idiosyncratic characters makes for a hilarious film. Be sure to catch it in 3D. It is well worth the splurge.

Megamind is rated PG for action and some mild language. This film is still in theaters.

About Amber Monroe

I read too much. I spend too much money on coffee. And sometimes I write music.
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