DVD Review: Megamind

by | Feb 25th, 2011 | 7:00AM | Filed under: DVD Reviews, Movies

DVD Review: Will Ferrell and David Cross keep the funny coming through the usual pop-fizzy, sugar-buzz tricks (and rock soundtrack) in Megamind, an oddly convoluted “kids’” film that comes out far enough ahead on the hit-and-miss humor scale.

The following is a reprint of the redblog review of Megamind on its theatrical release last fall. Megamind is now available from redbox.

I wouldn’t dare explain all the twists and turns in Megamind’s plot—not for fear of spoiling the surprises, but because doing so would require some sort of three-dimensional flow chart. But we’re not here to map out narratives, we’re here to laugh–and Megamind delivers a decent amount of that.

This kids’ movie has a seemingly simple premise: A puffed up superhero (Brad Pitt) versus a misunderstood super-villain with self-esteem issues (Will Ferrell). But by the end of its first act, Megamind has set off on a wildly complicated narrative, involving subplot upon subplot and multiple changes of heart and motivation for the majority of its main characters.

Luckily for both kids and adults, there’s enough going on here to keep you amused, distracted, and fist-pumping for most of the time. (Though there are a few lulls amidst the return to Monsters vs. Aliens gadget-shtick.) Ferrell (in haughty buffoon mode) is slow to warm up, but eventually he gets into the swing of it, adapting his Mugatu voice from Zoolander for the role of Megamind, an eggplant-noggined, blue-skinned alien Lex Luthor whose narrow goatee makes him look like a hipster Smurf.

But comedy is a dog-eat-dog business—or fish-eat-alien, in this case, and Ferrell is continually upstaged by David Cross as Minion, Megamind’s cheerful fish-on-a-robot-gorilla-body henchman. (With Megamind and Despicable Me, it’s been a fine year for minions, but Cross easily wins out over Despicable’s jibbering corn-pops.)

Pitt plays the Superman-ish Metro Man as a puffed up arrogant brat, borrowing more than a little ‘tude from Patrick Warburton’s The Tick. (Also, when you remove Pitt’s face from the equation, it’s disconcerting how much he sounds like Matthew McConaughey.) Tina Fey’s on hand to provide some sly laughs in the Lois Lane role, and Jonah Hill’s the Creepiest Jimmy Olsen Ever.

Of course there are the usual standbys for kids’ animation: lots of flying at great heights, and in support of its notion of Good Vs. Evil as a rock-concert spectacle, the soundtrack jams in plenty of AC/DC, Ozzy, and G&R. (And of course there is a dance scene. Sigh. There’s always a dance scene.)

But as directed by Tom McGrath (of the Madagascar franchise), Megamind also sports some not-so-subtle undertones about Geeks Inheriting the Earth. Metro Man is presented as a spoiled narcissist who basks in the purchased love of the masses, while Megamind is the social-misfit genius who foolishly believes brains and ideas should win out over glad-handing and pandering PR stunts.

Still, Ferrell, Cross and Fey easily haul this weird, complicated, oddly sweet pile of funny business over the finish line. You’ll laugh and gigglesnort, but when it’s all over don’t be surprised if you and your kids look at each other and ask, “What the heck was all that?”

Megamind is now available from redbox.


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14 Responses to “DVD Review: Megamind”

  1. Leah muhammad
    Posted on February 25, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    f**k redbox!!!!!!! i rented from u for five years n now i cant because my card doesnt have a major credit line. all of a sudden!

    • Currently 5/5 Stars
    Posted on February 25, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Such a great movie! For me it easily ties with How to Train Your Dragon.

    • Currently 4/5 Stars
    Rhonda Silver
    Posted on February 25, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    fun, funny and favorite was Brad Pitt

  2. T Dyer
    Posted on February 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    It bothers me that the person reviewing this movie is so cynical. The critic boils this movie down to a slightly funny, well made, predictable, thing. I think that a parent with a small child whom they took to see the movie should review it. Or at least a kids movie enthusiast who can compare it to other well made kids movie classics. This review is bologna. I am not saying it is so far off on everything, but it is sort of like a crabby adult reviewed it. Where is the willing suspension of disbelief? Where is the point of view of a child? I have seen horrible childrens movies and with reviews like this you can’t tell the difference!!! I am not saying I am a writer. This comment is probably fully of grammatical errors. I am just tired of people like this writing the reviews for movies that are not meant for them. No one thinks about the target audience anymore. It is not just kid movies either. It is so annoying not being able to trust movie reviews anymore. Geez!

  3. Locke Peterseim
    Locke Peterseim
    Posted on February 25, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    T Dyer, here’s the thing:

    – Young children don’t read these reviews
    – Young children don’t drive themselves to the theater and pay for their tickets
    – Young children don’t buy the DVDs

    The review is written for the parents who will have to sit through the movies in the theater and hear the DVD on repeat for the next year.

    When I write a review of a movie like this, I try to approach it from several angles:

    1) Will kids like it? Let’s be honest, unless it’s “boring,” kids are going to like pretty much anything. That’s fine.
    2) Will adults at least be able to tolerate it? Because if their kids like it, chances are the adults are going to be watching or at least hearing the movie for a while.
    3) Will grown ups who like animated films like it–how does it compare to other films of its ilk?

    As for Megamind, my take on it was that there was enough clever and funny stuff from the talented cast to make it enjoyable for both adults and kids. I think it’s more on par with Monsters Vs. Aliens (amusing for the time being, but not a classic for the ages) than with How to Train Your Dragon (which I think WILL stand the test of time as a classic for the ages).

    • Currently 5/5 Stars
    Posted on February 27, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Loved it.way better than dispicable me..BY FAR

  4. Fiirvoen
    Posted on February 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    You know I have no problem with your writing, Locke. Keep it up! I do think you underestimate Megamind’s staying power though. I think it will be a favorite for quite a while… at least with my wife and I anyway.

  5. awt
    Posted on March 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Will you be getting Megamind on BD? I don’t watch DVDs and was surprised that this is not available at RedBox on Blu-ray Disc.

  6. Locke Peterseim
    Locke Peterseim
    Posted on March 3, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Hi Leah, if you’re having problems with your account or payment method just call Customer Care at 1.866.REDBOX3 (866.733.2693) and they’ll help you out.

  7. Adam
    Posted on March 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Locke, I would just like to say I think it’s great that the way you actually read and respond to people’s feedback on your reviews. You clearly believe in what you write, and defend it artfully.

    You have become one of my favorite critics when it comes to flicks, because I can usually count on an honest review with a few laughs thrown in!

    Posted on March 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Loved this movie, kids loved this movie, purcased the day after i returned it kids couldn’t get enough. They have since then memorized the funniest parts and reinact them. Seriously considering hiding it for a cple weeks, lol.
    Redbox saves me everytime from purchasing a horrible movie, I’m a Fan and customer 4life! Thank RB

    • Currently 5/5 Stars
    Posted on March 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    oops just noticed the stars lol

  9. Locke Peterseim
    Locke Peterseim
    Posted on March 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks Adam, I appreciate your kind words!

    Ironically, lately I’ve been really bad about getting in here an answering comments. I’ll try to get my head back in the game! :)

    But thanks again for the compliment!