Gina Tomarchio ’13
There are some animated comedies in which the audience will find their interest in the movie divided: the adults thinking that the jokes are juvenile and the plot is generic, and the children laughing at every joke, riveted throughout the entire movie, aspiring to be that hero, and forgetting it all as soon as they exit the theatre. Megamind is not one of these films. As I was sitting in the theater, I noticed that the laughs were spread equally between the young kids and the adults. Megamind is the classic good vs. evil hero story, but what makes it unique is that the bad guy wins, only to decide he wants to do good for a change. This plot twist, along with a fight for the affection of a girl and a playlist of classic rock-and-roll, make for the fun, DreamWorks 3D adventure that is Megamind.
Unlike other films of its genre, Megamind follows the scheming yet clumsy villain Megamind, voiced by Will Ferrell, who has a flair for overdramatic presentation. Megamind finds himself transformed from the scoundrel who always loses to the triumphant hero. His path from wickedness to valiancy begins when he finally defeats Metro Man, voiced by Brad Pitt, and gains control of Metro City, which is cutely mispronounced by Megamind throughout the entire movie. Bored with his newfound dominance, Megamind tries to create another hero to fight against, since fighting heroes is an essential part of his life—and in doing so, transforms a clumsy, ordinary man into a Titan. Unfortunately for Megamind, he and Titan are both after the same girl, Roxanne Richie. She is a prominent reporter, voiced by Tina Fey, whom Megamind kidnaps on an almost daily basis as part of his elaborate schemes. Roxanne’s rejection of Titan drives him down the path of immorality. With the help of his adorable and witty sidekick, Minion, Megamind must face the new antagonist, Titan, as the heroic force. He is fighting not only for the safety of Metro City, but for the affection of Roxanne.
Even though the plot of Megamind may not be original, it still contains enough unique elements to set it apart from the typical animated or live-action superhero movie. Megamind’s inventiveness and artistic flamboyance are key to the movie’s appeal. In particular, Megamind’s entourage of a boom-box blasting rock-and-roll and his crowd-pleasing and droll sidekick, Minion—who is composed of a robotic body with a fish bowl for a head—show the creativity and inspiration surrounding the creation of Megamind. Though the plot of the film is not exceptionally distinctive, its quaint originality will resonate with audiences of all ages.