Everything in Dreamworks’ new 3D animated film is huge, from its mega cast –namely, and in order of funny: Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Tina Fey, David Cross and Brad Pitt– to the mega blue head of its interplanetary protagonist Megamind. And, in between them, the mega redemption story of a villain who defeats the hero but gets bored with the success of Evil (“to be the best in the worse, a whole mission to accomplish”, sing the 107 Faunos in a song that might as well could have been in the soundtrack). And so, he, invents a new order-restoring figure so he can defeat him again, but later sees that new hero turn into a villain, so, finally, he decides to take on the role of hero in order to stop him. Yes, all that and a few more things take place in Will Ferrell’s return to animation, after his participation in Curious George brought to you by Madagascar director Tom McGrath. Contradicting that common place film critics use, one might say after watching Megamind that when it comes to animated films “more is (definitely) more”. –Mar del Plata International Film Festival
Pleasantly surprised. Funny and sweet at times. Better than I thought it would be.
If you view the "art of" book, Megamind was, at point, a story in absolute chaos. Too many villains, too many big ideas, it was a mess. But DreamWorks took what could have been another one of their instantly forgettable productions and made something special despite the occasional failed joke. A love story interlined with the moral dilemma of a city's super-villain after achieving his life goal.
"Listen, I wouldn't stay here for more than 2 minutes and 37 seconds. We're having the walls and ceiling removed... "
Probably one of Dreamwork's most well thought-out films, in terms of the story arc and development of the main character. Even most of the pop-culture references made sense and moved the story along nicely, except for a few. (Also, I love that the ATHF movie is included under "Related Films". That's just funny to me.)