Proof Review: Megamind (2010)

Release Date
November 5, 2010
Director
Tom McGrath
Screenplay
Alan J. Schoolcraft
Brent Simons
Distributed By
Paramount Pictures
Budget
$130 million
Action, Animation, Comedy, Family
Rated PG for action and some language
95 minutes

Megamind

Even with the perfect cast and animated film like-ability, the result does not necessarily spell perfection. “Megamind” is the perfect example of this. Will Ferrell is a laugh-a-minute comedic actor whose voice alone should cause sidesplitting laughter, but there is some element missing from “Megamind” that degrades the overall effect of the film. I will probably be shunned for this negative feedback towards the family favorite, but if “Megamind” taught me anything, it was that I am what I am.

“Megamind” follows closely in the footsteps of the animated features of “Monsters Vs. Aliens”, “Despicable Me” and “The Incredibles”. Superheroes, villains, and aliens are apparently the hip characters to have in children’s films in the current generation. I am not entirely sure why this fad plagues almost every family film released lately, but “Megamind” pretty much takes me as far as I am willing to go and it was completely lost on me.

Even the subject matter stays on par with most previous releases in the last few years, the comedic value steers away from the Hollywood norm. Instead of the animated features like “Shrek”, that combine two levels of humor and entertainment to bridge any sort of generation gap (animation and childish jokes mixed with dirty humor delivered like a silent dog whistle that children do not understand, yet keeps adults surprisingly entertained throughout the film), “Megamind” is flat for the older audience members.

The film’s plot falls flat with the slaughtered good guy versus misunderstood evil villain scenario. Much like Tina Fey’s character Roxanne coaxes at Megamind, the film itself is too predictable and bland. The character of Megamind is bullied for being different, becomes a villain, sees the error of his ways, and must redeem himself. To be completely blunt, “Megamind” was boringly average. The three stars that it gets from me are primarily for the voice acting and the attempt at a sensible animation.

Right down to the animation, I was not even convinced the film was solid. Jonah Hill’s character, Hal Stewart (and alter-ego Tighten) are so poorly animated, I found the film hard to watch. Toss in about three different spiraling love stories and the film becomes more or less a disaster.

Love the art of the animated feature all you like, but “Megamind” fails to even make a blip on my scale of animated greats like the recent Academy Award winner “Toy Story 3”, Academy Award nominee “How to Train Your Dragon”, and even the recent “Shrek Forever After”. “Megamind” had all the right parts, but was poorly constructed on all levels. Had the filmmakers perhaps given the film more time, it could live up to its predecessors and be worth more than a one time rental.

Perhaps I totally missed the humor or perhaps “Megamind” just simply did not contain any. Just like I disliked “Despicable Me”, “Megamind” falls into the animated feature category of films that just missed their mark.

 

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