Premiering this weekend on HBO was “Megamind”, 2010’s animated movie featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill and David Cross.
It poses the question: What would happen if Evil triumphed?
Ferrell stars as the titular large headed, blue skinned evil genius with a penchant for mis-pronunciation. He escapes his dying planet at the same time as Brad Pitt’s Metro Man escapes his. Together they grow up as polar opposites… Metro Man the heroic champion of the city, and Megamind his despicable arch nemesis.
When Megamind succeeds in his plan to kill Metro Man, he realizes the true meaning of “Be careful what you wish for.”
In the absence of a hero to battle with, Megamind finds himself overcome with boredom and regret. He has the city under his rule, but he finds it to be hollow and unfulfilling. He attempts to fill the void by creating a new hero for the city, but like so many of his plans, his effort goes horribly astray. When his new “hero”, Titan (Jonah Hill), turns out to be even more villainous than HE is, Megamind has to decide which side he’s truly on.
Running through the heart of the movie is a romance between Megamind and Tina Fey’s Roxanne Ritchie. Megamind not only proves himself to be vulnerable and insecure, but finds his perspectives changing.
So can evil not only triumph, but also win the girl?
I think a lot of people’s enjoyment of the movie is going to hinge on their appreciation for Ferrell, since such a large portion of the humor here comes via the dialogue. But even if you’re not a fan, “Megamind” has a fun story, and plenty of action. It features a fantastic, heavy metal laden soundtrack, and the requisite in-jokes for adults, including Ferrell’s Brando impersonation and nods to Donkey Kong and Connect Four.
Code: Very, very good movie.