June 1, 2011

Megamind - 2010

Director: Tom McGrath
Writers: Alan J. Schoolcraft & Brent Simons
Starring: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, David Cross, Jonah Hill

"I was destined to be a supervillain, and we were destined to be rivals! The die was cast! And so began an epic enduring lifelong career... and I LOVED IT!" Megamind (Ferrell), the stereotypical villain to the end, finally defeats Metro Man (Pitt), and is faced with an existential crisis when he is suddenly missing an unstoppable force to counter his immovable object.

I'll get straight to the point: this movie is about non-DC-owned versions of Superman and extraterrestrial antagonist thereof Braniac, with Tina Fey and Jonah Hill playing the Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen characters (the latter of which is named for two of the Green Lanterns, for some reason). While this might seem to be a lack of creativity on behalf of the writers, I'll actually give them credit for this one. Having characters be as identifiable as these are really enhances how the writers play with traditional superhero tropes, which they do in spectacular ways. The voice work is pretty good; everyone is at least a decent fit to their roles, especially Brad Pitt as the substitute Superman. I wasn't really a fan of Jonah Hill, but I guess everyone has to start playing adults eventually. As most Dreamworks CGI films do, it also relies very heavily on music from "our" universe, which I'm never a fan of, but this one halfway makes that work, too. Definitely a fun, entertaining little film, though not an Oscar contender by any means. B

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