Dreamworks hit it big with Megamind

This latest offering from Dreamworks studios follows the super villain Megamind as he endlessly plots against Metro City’s much loved super hero, Metro Man.

Starring the voices of Will Ferrell, (“Anchorman”, “Elf”) as Megamind, and Brad Pitt (“The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button”, “Ocean’s 11”), as Metro man, this animated action comedy has its fair share of big names, and a big storyline to go with it.

When Megamind finally defeats Metro Man, in an epic and hilarious plan involving the usual damsel in distress technique, he is at a loss as to what to do with all his time. This causes Megamind to seriously think about whether being the best villain in the world is really the right career choice for him. With the help of newsreader Roxanne Ritchie, voiced by Tina Fey, (“Date Night”, “The Invention Of Lying”), Megamind tries to find himself. Cringe-worthy chaos ensues as he tries to find a new cause, with unexpected consequences.


Will Ferrell squares off against Brad Pitt in this animated comedy. Photo: Dreamworks

As is always the case with Dreamworks films, the animation is spotless. Megamind’s huge blue head is funny in itself, and scarily life like. His minion, imaginatively named Minion, is basically a spiny fish in an oval shaped tank harnessed onto a robot body. Again, the look of the character is funnier than the lines they crack, although Minion is key to some of the best scenes.

In the case of this particular animation, the 3D was not used to its full capacity. There are no scenes where things really jumped out of the screen at you, making the 3D aspect here quite pointless and, quite frankly, a waste of the extra money you pay for it.

The film itself is packed with laughs and family friendly hilarity, although it does not incorporate that many jokes aimed at the adults. “Megamind” is ideal for those with young children, or those with a likening for slapstick and more obvious jokes.

Overall, “Megamind” is one of the best animated comedies released in a long time. It has more laughs and a better plot than “Despicable Me”. It also has a great soundtrack, including “Welcome To The Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses and “Back In Black” by AC/DC. It makes for a very entertaining way to spend an afternoon or evening, but you can save some money without losing out by going for a 2D showing.

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