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Sunday, January 9, 2011

[7.00/10] Megamind (2010)


Megamind (2010)

Brief review: Though it borrows an idea or two from other animated features, "Megamind" does the best it can, with its somewhat original antagonist-turned-protagonist premise, to provide us with an amusing, smart and consistently gripping story of a misfortuned, blue-skinned supervillain, who has the reputation of an 'evil mastermind'. Megamind himself has to be one of the most likable villains ever put on film, as he's not only uniquely-charming, but also very smart, creative and emotional anti-superhero, that will steal every viewer's heart. However, it's the delightfully adorable best friend of MM, Minion, that outshines everyone else, with his quirky look and admirable loyalty and devotion to Megamind. Tina Fey's Roxanne, though naive, is a true force of nature. The egocentric Metro Man, voiced by Brad Bitt, while a bit annoying, is somewhat attractive. Even if, animation-wise, it doesn't look as polished as some of the other animated features released this year, "Megamind" is quite strong, visually. While not exactly striking, the animation is vivid, bright, and extremely detailed, and the palette is rich in color and texture. Since, I saw the 2D version of "Megamind", I can't comment on the 3D effects, but even in 2D, it is effective enough.

Overall summary: It's no "The Incredibles", but Dreamworks' "Megamind" is a clever twist on the superhero genre, that offers plenty of stupendous action sequences, chatty, colorful characters and some solid, if unspectacular visuals.

8 comments:

Melissa Bradley said...

The boys loved this and I had good time as well. Yes, it's no Incredibles, but I had some laughs and enjoyed the story. Great review. :)

Nebular said...

Thanks, Mel! :) I had a great time watching it too. It was witty and quite amusing, though I wasn't really impressed with the visuals. "Incredibles" remains one of my all time favorites.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I kept meaning to catch this one in the theater, but never got around to it. Wonder if it's still playing nearby?

Nebular said...

Alex, since it's been released on Nov 6, I rather doubt it will be still playing in theaters. You may check anyway. If not, than you should wait for the DVD. I think you're gonna like it:)

J-SON said...

George I agree with you, it's not exceptional although we do have a good time with this. Oh and the 3D doesn't add much to the enjoyment of the film, so no worries there! Aha.

Jaccstev said...

superman plus the mask plus planet 51 = megamind :))

Nebular said...

Oh, a certainly had a good time watching it. Minion was my favorite! So, no regrets for not seeing it in 3D, huh? :) Cool! Thanks, J-Son, buddy.

Nebular said...

Superman is a real dummy, compared to Megamind :) But it has so much in common with the Mask. Don't even want to mention the mediocre Planet 51 :)