June 24, 2017

Movie Review: Megamind

megamindIn case you didn’t see Megamind when it was in theatres last holiday season, it’s out in video now. We chose it as our family movie this week, and I’ll share my thoughts for those of you who may be wondering whether it’s worth your time, and if so, what ages are appropriate to see it.

 

The premise of the movie is that Megamind, voiced by Will Ferrell, was a child outcast with super-intelligence who grows up to use his super powers for evil.  The opening scene parodies Superman when baby Megamind is sent to earth by his parents looking lovingly on so that he may “find his destiny.”  His nemesis from that day onward, from the ripe age of “8 days old,” is Metro Man, voiced by Brat Pitt.

 

Early in the film the citizens of Metro City all gather to dedicate a museum in Metro Man’s honor, the superhero who so enchants them they have named their city in his honor. A goody two shoes with big biceps and an even bigger smile, everyone swoons when Metro Man is present, blatantly comparing him to Elvis, which is very funny to those of us who get the reference.

 

The battle between Metro Man and Megamind is settled early, though, with Megamind spending the rest of the film restless for another enemy to challenge, but surprises himself and his closest confidantes when he wrestles with his own self and the surprising state of love he finds himself in instead.

 

What I like about Megamind is the clever writing, the great use of music, and constant references to American culture. With Tina Fey and Will Ferrell onboard, the dialogue is sharp, witty, and there are many dimensions to the characters. Irony is used cleverly throughout, with a constant blurring between who we think is good and who we think is bad.

 

The heroine, Roxanne, played by Tina Fey, scoffs at Megamind’s threats; the physical danger she finds herself in when she’s in his secret lab doesn’t faze her.

“Give it up…your plans never work,” she calmly tells him.

 

Regular actors could have well played the parts, the animated characters seemed so real, but then we wouldn’t get the special effects and suspended reality only animation can bring.

 

I also loved the use of music, which played as important a role in the film as any one of the characters.  Whenever Megamind is ready to inflict some sort of mayhem a dance around rock song like AC/DC’s “Back in Black” or Guns ‘n Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” blasts, lightening the mood, softening even the supposedly evil characters.

 

At first I thought about why the film is rated PG because there really isn’t much violence and the language is tame.  What does make the film rated for parental guidance being necessary are the mature themes and complicated emotions and relationships.  A lot of it went right over even my 9-year-old’s head.  It’s one of those movies that is geared more for the parental audience that is watching it with their kids.  In fact, when I asked my kids what their favorite part was afterwards, my 5-year-old couldn’t answer (she’s never tongue tied) and my older kids picked silly, isolated scenes I hardly remembered.

 

 

My stomach dropped at one point right at the end of the movie when Titan, aka Tighten, blurts out, “There’s no Easter Bunny and there’s no Tooth Fairy, ok?!”

 

I immediately said something like, “Too bad he has to ruin things for other people,” and my kids didn’t press for more information.  Knowing my kids, that part of the movie will come up in a conversation out of the blue some time, though.

 

All in all, I recommend this movie for kids ages 8 and up.

 

 

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