Will Ferrell is Mega-Awesome in “Megamind”

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Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy and Animation
Running Time: 1 hr. 36 min.
Release Date: November 5th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for action and some language.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Director: Tom McGrath
JJ rating: B+
See it again: Yeah.
Own it: Maybe the first…well second DreamWorks Animation I’d own.
Recommend it to: those with children. It’s worth seeing and you, as an adult, won’t be bored.

Megamind (Will Ferrell) narrates his story. He wants to be good but while in school, he’s told he’s a bad, bad boy. Therefore, he decides to be a bad, bad boy in an exceptionally good way. So he grew up to fight Metro Man (Brad Pitt) only to finally end up killing him, altering everything he felt about wanting to win. Now that he has, what will he do? Megamind.

I enjoyed the animation. The facial expressions of the characters were amazingly animated, if I do say so myself…and I do. The eyebrows shoot up the forehead, the eyes widen so big babies could be born through them, and the hand gestures are bigger than life itself. It was as if the characters were on stage and exaggerated to be seen from afar. I’m thinking about it and it makes me smile. It had a circus feel to it. Fun, fun, fun in animated sun, sun, sun.

Will Ferrell was the star of the stars in this film. He embodied a character so well that Megamind came alive and screamed to be remembered as one of the better animated characters DreamWorks has created. Then David Cross as Minion rocked as the sidekick to beat in any film after. Those two owned the show end of the story. The weaknesses of Megamind were the other voices. Brad Pitt played Metro Man in a very boring, yawn-worthy and "made me want to beg for someone to redo the entire movie with a different voice" kind of way. Tina Fey played Roxanne and she did marginally better. The sarcasm worked and that was it. Why didn’t she alter her voice as Ferrell did? I don’t get it…and Jonah Hill tipped the annoying seesaw too far. I wanted him to be hit by a supervillain in the jaw so hard, his character would lose the ability to speak -  and the baby fat that seemed to be stuck to his chin, no matter what state he was in. It’s not fun to watch an animated film if you can hear famous people speaking. It ruins the imagination and the fantasy feel that should happen while watching animated movies. It shouldn’t be like "oh, that’s Jonah Hill." It should be like "OMG THAT WAS JONAH HILL?????" as credits roll.

Megamind’s storyline sort of played around Superman’s origin, but it didn’t follow it verbatim, of course. Having a villain miss the hero is somewhat unique…maybe. On the other hand, maybe it’s been done a billion times. Eh, it doesn’t matter, because the story rocks the socks off my bare feet. There’s an interesting twist to the entire idea. It’s interesting lemon squeeze. Actually, it could be described as an avatar online situation. Pick what you want to appear to look like when people see you post on a forum and then they liken that image to you…forgetting that that may or may not be you. Now do it in real life, and you have something far better than any mommy-made Halloween costume that people fawn over instead of a Target Iron Man. Geez, some people are overly bland when it comes to funny commercials. High horses make for bigger falls, idiots.

Megamind is a two-character show, but the good flow of story, and the smell of awesome that leaks from the steam Megamind and Minion make while in scenes together, make up for everyone else’s farting talent as boring use-their-own-voice characters. See it and enjoy every moment. I did…mostly.