Megamind is the latest 3D animated comedy from DreamWorks (‘Shrek’, ‘Madagascar’, ‘How to Train Your Dragon’). It’s basically a spoof of Superman, but it focuses on the villain’s perspective, not the hero. The premise is that two different alien babies from outer space are simultaneously sent to Earth to pursue their destinies. One of them, voiced by Brad Pitt, becomes a handsome, popular golden boy and super hero named Metro Man, while the other, voiced by Will Ferrell, is an unaccepted misfit and decides to use his powers for evil, becoming the super villain Megamind. And Megamind’s sole goal in life is to destroy Metro Man.
Visually the film looks great and the 3D works well enough. And there are some good lines delivered from Ferrell, undoubtedly improvised. And the supporting cast including Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross, Ben Stiller, and J.K. Simmons is top notch. But overall I found the film predictable and just very safe. I know, I know, it’s a kids movie, so how edgy can it be? But as an adult I prefer something a bit more unpredictable. And the soundtrack, made up of overplayed pop songs from artists like AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, and Michael Jackson, was WAY too ‘on the nose’ and trite.
I must also add that even though on the surface it is difficult to distinguish a DreamWorks film from a Pixar film, I always find DreamWorks films to be inferior to Pixar. They try harder for comedy and satire, but lack that emotional wallop that you consistently get from Pixar. There are always at least a few minutes from every Pixar film that stay with me long after it’s over. I can’t say the same for Megamind. It was pleasant enough to watch, and the kids might enjoy it, but I’d rather be home watching Pixar’s Toy Story 3, now on DVD and Blu-Ray.