Jan 10, 2011

Megamind, 2010

Megamind, 2010
Director: Tom McGrath
Cast (voices): Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey

Stage: Home laptop cruise

Megamind in short: After super-villain Megamind (Ferrell) kills his good-guy nemesis, Metro Man (Pitt), he becomes bored since there is no one left to fight. He creates a new foe, Titan (Hill), who, instead of using his powers for good, sets out to destroy the world, positioning Megamind to save the day for the first time in his life.

Preps: Finally, a good quality to be taken from web. I tried to see this a while ago, but no such quality was available. Now, take two of this piece. This time a splendid sound and visio. Apart from that I don't know a lot about the piece. Isn't Brad Pitt one of the voices? It was synchronised in Slovenia anyway, and I don't like synchs if I don't see the original before.

Reality: I see this as the final (animated) remake of Superman, the movie we all watched and adored in sense of wanting to be a guy that saves the day. In this sense, it's a true remake with all the features (found weakness of Metroman, fight good against evil - but more in Tom and Jerry sense than anything else; the lady that is in the middle of everything - the reporter, of course. Doesn't she remind of Helen, the reason to start Troyan war?)

The movie has its ups and downs. Could be a bit shorter. Could also not be so sure in turning a villain into the hero of the day (although this is a positive effect, it also implies that a villain always has his soft side. No, they don't.). Megamind is equipped with excellent music, which also implies what type of music is listened to by villains. I don't mind. I adore AC/DC, Guns n'Roses, Billy Idol. The wrap up with Michael Jackson turns on my smile that just won't quit.

If I wanted to picture the animated version of the beloved hero from my childhood, I would probably go for something like this. The dialogue sometimes gets lost in void, but on other spots it can be compared to best stand up comics. Where you need to pay full attention to get all the jokes and because they are so great you don't want to miss them, you are listening and paying attention really carefully. The positive character turns into negative beyond viewer's belief (Bernard). A geek turning into the main villain without any hope to stop him. This I see as an absolute add-on to the existing firm ground that Superman posed for this cartoon.

No wonder it's a great hit in Slovenia also. A strong recommendation, truly funny piece.

My personal rate: 8,0 (a splendid animated version of Superman, including top humour, superb music and below-the-belt fighting scenes where noone can die)

Megamind on IMDB

The official page of Megamind

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