Friday, November 5, 2010


Dreamworks' latest 3D animated film is a superhero movie not trying to be a superhero movie by being a superhero movie. Did you understand that or am I alone here?

After How to Train Your Dragon, I had high expectations for this latest adventure from Dreamworks, both in its 3D and overall quality of the film; however, its 3D is only okay. And much like its 3D, the story wasn't developed to its highest potential.

Sure the story here is original, sorta, but it isn't enough to completely change the superhero genre forever like it wanted to. Yes it had it had a few twists and turns thrown in there for good measure, but the overall story was predictable and it didn't feel much different than anything else we are used to seeing from this genre.

In a way, it tried so hard to be different that it ended up being the same thing, if that makes any sense.

But is this movie funny? Well, it has its laugh out loud (or "lol" for all you txt deficient readers) moments, but this movie could be much funnier if 90% of the funny scenes weren't blown on the trailers. With a cast like Will Ferell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, and Brad Pitt, I expected this movie to be much funnier than it is and a lot of the funniest moments were only funny because it's Will Ferell.

But this movie isn't toally void of emotion. About halfway through the movie something began to happen that I did not expect to happen- I started feeling feelings. Yes, that's right, I felt. Now maybe it's just me and I'm a sucker for a good emotional scene (which I am), but there is more emotional payback out of this movie than there is a comical one. Is that good? You have to decide that for yourself.

However, if you're a fan of 80's rock then you're in luck. Megamind is like an all 80's jukebox; with two AC/DC songs (even though one is from the 70's), Michael Jackson's Bad, Welcome to the Jungle by GNR, It's the End of the World as We Know It, and more.

Unfortunately, I think this movie may only become a classic among children. Its depth and somewhat emotional payout, in the end, were no match for the forces of predictable sotrylines and spoiled humor.

You can wait for the blu-ray. I say rent it.

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