Megamind is the second of two CGI movies this year that focus their story around the villain instead of the hero. The first was Despicable Me which didn’t really have a “good guy” per se, but was pretty awesome. Megamind is a little different though in that there is a good guy who is much like Superman. We don’t care about him though. We follow the Lex Luger of the story and are instantly tricked into falling in love with him while being convince that Metro Man, our supposed hero, is actually a bit of a cocky showoff.
Megamind follows a bit of a different path than your average superhero movie. Instead of good always winning, we find out what happens when the bad guy wins and there is no longer is a superhero to stop him from running rampant. Much like a spoiled child, Megamind becomes bored and unfulfilled after having everything he’s ever wanted. With no one to fight back, he finds his life almost meaningless. So, he creates a new superhero to replace Metro Man. You can imagine how that quickly goes awry and the tables get turned. As you knew was going to happen all along, Megamind gets shoved across the line over to the good side.
Megamind is solid flick overall that seems to have more to offer adults than it does children as there are references all over the place to superhero movies of yesterday. We’re presented with a solid idea that is executed very well. The film maintains a level of sophistication and depth while still handing out plenty of laughs. The focus is more on story than action, which is awesome.
One of the best things about Megamind is that we get something very solid from Will Ferrell. Dude’s been pretty hit or miss recently, but lending his voice for animated films may be a good route for him to go. Jonah Hill and David Cross are so much themselves that you almost forget they’re playing characters and just kind of start to see them up there on the screen. This is a great thing for David Cross and a pretty okay thing for Jonah Hill.