Megamind (voice of Will Ferrell) and Metro Man (voice of Brad Pitt) have been rivals since their early days as youngsters on other planets. While Megamind is super-intelligent, his attempts to conquer Metro City have consistently failed, mostly due to Metro Man, the much loved caped superhero. Their rivalry extends to attracting the affections of TV news reporter Roxanne Ritchi (voice of Tina Fey), who is constantly avoiding the gauche attentions of her nerdy cameraman Hal (voice of Jonah Hill). One day, with the help of his assistant Minion (voice of David Cross), when he manages to defeat the heroic Metro Man, Megamind realizes it is up to him to turn things around when Metro City is threatened by a new evil villain.
Review by Louise Keller:
Your actions, not how you look is central to this light, bright and energetic animated family film in which the blue light-bulb head protagonist is a misunderstood villain whose intentions are good. Like Despicable Me, which dallies with the notion of good and evil, thereís a sweet innocence about this colourful film in 3D in which Will Ferrellís villain Megamind bemoans the fact that fate has always dealt him a lousy hand. Establishing this in the humorous opening scenes, when the 8 day-old little blue alien is cast into space by his parents to meet his destiny, with only his Minion (voice of David Cross), we immediately are on side. The plot is wildly shaken as it does U-turns and some sleight of hand, but director Tom McGrath has a feather-light touch as inventive ideas play out with humour and appeal.
From the outset, we learn about the life-long rivalry between Megamind and Metro Man (voice of Brad Pitt), the handsome caped crusader, who landed in Metro City with a silver spoon in his mouth Ė and great hair. Yes, Megamind is blue, has no hair and is uncertain of his destiny. But we quickly see that despite Megamindís intent to be Ďthe baddest of them allí, he is really a softie and only needs a reason for being. He has his big green eyes set on the lovely Roxanne Ritchi (voice of Tina Fey), the storyís catalyst, who spends much of her time ducking the clumsy advances of her overweight, nerdy cameraman Hal (voice of Jonah Hill).
There are some nice ideas, like the ĎNo You Canítí posters splashed over the White House and the Marlon Brando persona (as Supermanís father), when Megamind uses his powers to morph into forms other than his own. This is also effective in the scene when he takes the form of handsome Bernard (voice of Ben Stiller); it is during his kiss with Roxanne that he accidentally reverts to his true blue self.
While in Despicable Me, there is an army of little yellow minions, here, there is only one in the shape of a fish (not named Wanda but simply called Minion) who gets about in the bowl-like head of an astronaut suit. Many of the antics address the issue of conflict as Megamind struggles with the concept of good versus evil: a yin with no yang and a bull fight with no bull. Ultimately, with its top voice cast and stimulating 3D animation, the film has heart. Itís funny and cute, lively and upbeat, offering a tasty morsel on the family entertainment platter.
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VOICES: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross, Justin Theroux, Ben Stiller
PRODUCER: Lara Breay, Denise Nolan Cascino
DIRECTOR: Tom McGrath
SCRIPT: Alan J. Schoolcraft, Brent Simons
EDITOR: Not credited
MUSIC: Lorne Balfe, Hans Zimmer
PRODUCTION DESIGN: David James
RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 9, 2010