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“A smart, funny and original treat,” Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post, DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind puts a whole new hilarious twist on the superhero movie.
Super villain Megamind's (Will Ferrell) dreams have come true when he conquers the city's protector Metro Man (Brad Pitt) gaining control of Metro City. But when a new villain (Jonah Hill) is created and chaos runs rampant, the world's biggest "mind" and his comic sidekick Minion (David Cross) might actually save the day. With an all-star cast - including Tina Fey - and amazing animation, Megamind is packed with high-flying action and non-stop laughs.
Villainy is a way of life, but if a villain doesn't have a hero to battle, can he still expect the same sense of satisfaction from his evil deeds? When Megamind (Will Ferrell) finally defeats his long-time nemesis Metro Man (Brad Pitt), he ecstatically goes about laying ruin to Metro City, reveling in the fact that he can now have anything he wants. Surprisingly, Megamind's glee quickly turns to dissatisfaction as he realizes that the battle was half the fun and everything comes too easy now. Thus begins a plot to turn the nerdy Hal (Jonah Hill) into Tighten, a new hero for Megamind to battle. What Megamind doesn't count on is that Tighten may not turn out to be as good as he's meant to be. Nor does he anticipate falling in love with his old rival's girl Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey). In the end, Megamind finds he must rethink his assumptions about good, bad, and what makes him happy. Megamind and Despicable Me are remarkably similar movies: both deal with villains who are unfulfilled by their evil ways and who, despite their despicable natures, have some essential goodness deep down inside. Both villains are presented in highly stylized animation and the 3-D effects in each film are skillful and effective without being overdone. Megamind has Minion, who watches over him, while Gru has a whole crew of mindless minions supporting his evil ventures. Finally, both films are solidly entertaining. Because the two films were released within a few months of one another, speculation about who copied who will no doubt run rampant, but the bottom line is that both films are well worth seeing. (Ages 7 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 132994
- Director : Tom McGrath
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 36 minutes
- Release date : February 1, 2018
- Actors : Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : French, English, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B003UESJF6
- Writers : Alan J. Schoolcraft, Brent Simons
- Number of discs : 1
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The movie went in a lot of directions I wasn't expecting out of it (and that's a good thing in this case), and genuinely managed to surprise me with where the plot ACTUALLY went. It very much deconstructs the usual dynamic of this kind of 'superhero vs supervillain' setup, albeit while obviously parodying Superman in both Megamind and Metro Man's backstories (plus the latter's powers).
And naturally, being a Dreamworks movie, the CG is fantastic. Though Megamind often looks a bit... odd, it's undoubtedly intentional. And of course, Megamind's definitely right when discussing the difference between a 'villain', and a 'SUPERvillain'; his presentation is fantastic. When he arrives, he makes sure you KNOW IT.
Also, gratuitous use of very fitting rock music is always a plus. Megamind's got good taste.
Amazon Digital is wonderful--it's nice to have this movie there in my forever library so I can watch it whenever and wherever I wish. The process was simple--press buy and viola! It showed up in my library.
The story plays with the usual superhero genre. It begins with many of the familiar tropes like Megamind hatching a very elaborate plan only to be defeated at the last moment. Then it changes things up when Megamind actually wins and then a hero emerges that turns out to be a selfish jerk. That’s what makes the money stand out and it also leads to plenty of funny moments as well.
I won't spoil any more of the film, but I really like the direction that these characters take. It has some of the wonderful super-gadgets that you find in the Dispicable Me films (yes, this was first), think dehydration ray, and explores some elements of super hero angst from an adult character's point of view like we see in the Incredibles. This review is just a rambling mess. . . watch this movie, you won't be disappointed unless you are very jaded and negative.
PS. Despite the statement in the movie made by the bad guy (good guy?) that there is no Tooth Fairy,. Easter Bunny, Santa Claus. . . I think this can be a great film to share with your children. I really like that hte characters are somewhat complex and not 100% good or evil. Introducing a gray area in a superhero film is a pretty modern thing to do.
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I sometimes suspect that after critics have given rave reviews for a series of movies of a certain genre they feel like they have to criticise the next one that comes along, or alternatively they have to praise one excessively over and above all the praise of earlier movies.
Sadly for Megamind the critics decided that it was about time they criticized an animated movie. In fact some of the criticisms are so far removed from the plot of the movie or its humour and voice acting, I actually suspect that the critics in question havent actually seen it.
I'm not suggesting this is Citizen Kane, but in its own little niche and it has made it's own little niche, it's fun. It's not a copy of the Incredibles or of Despicable Me, despite what the critics say. The humour mix is quite different and the message is different as well but more subtle.
The Incredibles is about super heroes being castigated for being powerful and people fearing that power and it's also partly about greedy self-seeking people finding an opportunity to harass those who are trying to protect them because they can make money out of it.
Despicable Me has a message that's closer to Megamind in as much as the villain in that story has been brought up by a villainous family and he's trying to meet the expectations of his mother and his fellow villains so it's peer and family pressure that it's really about and also about finding your own way and taking on responsibility, as with the orphans that Gru adopts. In other words it's also about growing up.
Conversely MegaMind is about the duality of heroes and villains. Megamind is a villain because like Gru in Despicable Me he's been raised to be a villain, but also additionally because he looks different, and to people's minds villanous; people distrust him. As to the 'superhero' of the movie, he is actually no more heroic than the next person. He's been heroic because it's expected of him, because he's powerful and he looks heroic. He doesn't actually enjoy it that much and would prefer to take it easy and do his own thing.
Whereas Megamind only enjoys being a villain because of the excitement, the challenge, the danger and the opportunity to prove himself and overcome great odds. He wants people to respect him. In other words many of qualities you usually see in a hero. The message is subtly different to the other two superhero or supervillain style movies it has been compared to and I think that's why in reality it fell flat with the critics.
They came to the movie with their brains switched off, they thought it's a kid's movie it's not going to demand anything from us except a few chuckles.
Well, it is funny, it has first rate animation and is tightly plotted, but it is yet another example of a good movie badly served by half asleep critics.
An opening sequence narrated by main character Megamind [Will Ferrell] tells us his tale. Like Superman, sent to Earth as a baby as his planet died. But being big headed and blue skinned left him a misfit from the start. Not least alongside Metro Man [Brad Pitt]. Whilst the latter grew up to be the handsome superheroic protector of Metro City, Megamind had nofriends other than Minion [David Cross] his faithful fish sidedkick, and was destined to be the bad guy.
And so things have proceeded since. Megamind and Metro Man have battled many times. Megamind has almost won a few of these encounters.
Caught in the middle of all this is Roxanne Ritchi [Tina Fey] intrepid reporter.
Right from the off it's obvious that Megamind isn't evil, just a person looking for acceptance. But when he actually manages to defeat his arch rival, what does he do next with his life?
And when a new evil arises to threaten the city, who will save the day?
This has gorgeous and eye catching animation which grabs the attention right from the off. Nothing being one hundred realistic but nothing is an out and out characature. Plus a great cast of characters, all superbly brought to life by an excellent voice cast. All of whom play everything just straight enough to avoid slipping into characature and make their characters three dimensional. Megamind and Minion do have a fun dynamic and Tina Fey, although stuck with a role that could easily be straightwoman to all the comedy going on around, manages to get humour in.
All the comedy arises out of character rather than slapstick and needs of the plot. And all the characters develop nicely. As does the plot, with at least one good development you won't see coming.
All this plus an excellent soundtrack makes for a superhero movie different from the norm and one that's a lot of fun with it. It is one of those films that will work on different levels for different ages, so it's great fun for all to watch.
Do keep watching during the end credits, also.
Languages and subtitles on the dvd are:
The disc begins with trailers, which can be skipped via the next button on the dvd remote. And which turn up on the disc elsewhere anyhow.
A single deleted scene, with an introduction by one of the producers. It's worth a look.
Filmmaker's commentary: A commentary from several of the production staff. But none of the cast.
Meet the cast of Megamind: A nine minute long making of feature. With good contributions from cast and crew.
Previews: Mostly the same trailers from the start of the disc.
World of Dreamwork's animation: trailers and musical clips from four other movies from the same animation studio.Which has a slightly awkward main menu, but you will get the hang of it.
Megamind has always been in the shadow of Metropolises top hero, a generic superman clone (Metroman) with all of Superman's powers. First having his rocket knocked of course so instead of being raised by rich but stupid parents he is raised by crooks in jail. In nursery he realises the only way he can beat his arch rival is by being bad a making him his nemesis. As you might have guess from the title Magamind is super smart but clumsy "evil" but his heart is in the right place. After year of planning scheming and battling what happen if he finally wins? Without a worthy hero out there Magamind must redefine himself, especially if he is to get the girl of his dreams. Not everything is at is seems.
A great film, if you like superheroes, comedy, or just great stories this is well worth watching Megamind has the perfect balance brilliance, comedy, slapstick, and action.
Despicable Me is effectively for young kids, but adults to teenagers will enjoy the humour in this film.
My only gripe with this is that the extras were a little thin (a directors/producers commentary and ONE deleted scene). Another reviewer mentioned that the trailer hints at a different film, and there are definitely changes between the film and trailer - Brad Pitt plays and electric guitar in the film, not a Ukelele, and Megamind does not order a table for two in his normal guise......so I definitely think there were more outtakes and material which could have been added. Oh, I suppose to that extent I think the film could have been longer too, the Directors talk so much about 'more material' but 'not having enough time' - but I guess budgeting restrictions will do that to any film.
its the age old story of evil v's good only this time evil is pretty damn bad at his job but in his defence is loveable and never gives up his fight for evil to reign supreme. mind you as we all know sometimes when we get what we wish for its not what we had hoped for !
some classic lines which we all often use here.
hilarious from start to finish.i urge you to give this film a chance and trust me you wont regret it