Megamind (2010)

Megamind is Tom McGrath‘s newest animated film, starring the voices of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller and J. K. Simmons.

Megamind (Will Ferrell) gets sent away by his parents because his world is swallowed by a black hole*. At the same time but from another planet close-by, Metro Man (Brad Pitt) is sent on his way, too. They arrive on our earth and while Metro Man lands in a mansion, Megamind is dropped in a prison. So it’s no wonder that Megamind grows up to be a supervillain. But when he actually succeeds and kills Metro Man, he has to show what he’s really made of.

Megamind was mostly meh. It has some nice moments, it’s not badly done, but it left me cold. I even fell asleep for a few minutes in the middle**.

The cast wasn’t bad at all. Especially Tina Fey, though Will Ferrell did a good job, too. And David Cross was perfect as Minion (who was generally an awesome character).

But much as with The Other Guys, there were moments of brilliance (like the poster below or Megamind pronouncing Metro City like atrocitiy), but it was mostly just very average. The chemistry wasn’t right and while I appreciated a lot of things, I appreciated them all on an intellectual level, never on an emotional one.***

Maybe I should just stay away from Will Ferrell stuff, since I apparently just don’t get his movies (with the exception of Stranger Than Fiction****). But I got drawn into the cinema by the wonderful Superman-send-up concept. They really did their homework there and it works beautifully.

I also liked the character design and generally the visuals – though the 3D was completely unnecessary (I wish that I’d still get the choice between 2D and 3D. But in Austria, if there’s a 3D version, it’s all you’ll get).

Summarising: If you get Will Ferrell and can watch it in 2D.

*Yeah, I know, the physics isn’t strong with this one.
**Though that could have been the fault of the Christmas stress, I have to admit.
***Do I sound as much as a dolt here as I think I do?
****But then it doesn’t seem to appeal to the usual Will Ferrell fans that much.

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