My dad watches a movie trailer and gives his first impression.
Dreamwork’s new and scheduled for a November release is their animated movie, ‘Megamind‘, which shows a good deal of promise. Though the overall premise of the very predictable good versus evil is the movie’s primary theme, there’s a pronounced sophistication, both in the dialogue and the overall plot. If you appreciate sarcasm and irony, then Megamind does not disappoint. Because the plot, and the script, have both; and in abundance.
Sure, there’s an obvious parody of all the super hero/villain plots made in so many, many movies. And yes, there’s the good guy, handsome, noble and with great hair, known as Metroman, and his opposite, the blue-hued and dome-headed alien-like super bad ass, Megamind. What’s unique and refreshing about this treatment of what at first appears to be a very tired theme, is the recognition-especially by the diabolical Megamind- that his raison d’etre is in fact very dependent upon having an arch enemy to contrast himself with, to hate, to plot against, and to fight to the finish.
There are fairly graphic, but fun-loving and comedic torture scenes, where despite his best intentions, Megamind shows a level of almost endearing incompetency. Actually, he begins to grow on the audience, for a variety of reasons that can’t be mentioned, for fear of blowing the ending. Let’s just say that there’s more than one dimension to this seeming anti-hero.
As expected, Dreamworks did not stint in their casting; Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Brad Pitt perform excellently, and provide all the spice needed to make this intergalactic stew very tasty.
The music is up-beat, catchy and perfectly synchronized to the many colorful action sequences that whiz around the biosphere throughout the movie.
Megamind is definitely a fun watch, and more clever than initially expected. One hint to bear in mind when you see the movie-remember this expression “watch out what you wish for, you may get it”.