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Megamind (2010)

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“Good receives all the praise and adulation. Evil is sent for quiet time in the corner.”

Plot: Megamind is the most brilliant super-villain the world has ever known… and the least successful. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way. Each attempt has been a colossal failure, thanks to the caped superhero known as “Metro Man,” until the day Megamind actually defeats him in the throes of one of his botched evil plans. Suddenly, the fate of Metro City is threatened when a new villain arrives and chaos runs rampant, leaving everyone to wonder: Can the world’s biggest “mind” actually be the one to save the day? (Rotten Tomatoes)

Rating: PG  for action and some language

Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy

Staring: Will Farrel, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, David Cross

Director: Tom McGrath , Cameron Hood

Running time: 1:36

Kate says: 3 stars ” Megamind is one of those movies that kids will love, and that adults will find equally as entertaining. It’s got a feel good message, good vs. evil Superman-type story line to keep the kiddies happy. It’s full of  stand-up comedian banter, one liners, puns and impressions to keep the moms and pops happy. It’s fast paced and full of bright, colorful animation. All in all, a great way to spend a few hours.”

Ebert says: 3 stars “This set-up is bright and amusing, even if it does feel recycled from bits and pieces of such recent animated landmarks as “The Incredibles” with its superpowers and “Despicable Me” with its villain…Megamind” is an amusing family entertainment and gains some energy from clever dialogue and the fun Will Ferrell has with his character. I like the way he pronounces “Metro City” like “metricity,” for example. The 3-D is well done, if unnecessary. Nothing in the movie really benefits from it, and if you can find it in 2-D, that’s the best choice.” (read full review)

Owen Gleiberman (Entertainment Weekly) says – B+ Megamind is less a satire of dastardly deeds than a nimbly spectacular comedy of ego...Megamind is too goofy-surreal to pack a lot of emotional punch, but it’s antically light on its feet, with 3-D images that have a lustrous, gizmo-mad sci-fi clarity. The movie is a burlesque on the layered identities of heroes and villains, who in Megamind share one big thing: They’re all superheroes of self-promotion.” (read full review)

Roger Moore (Orlando Sentinel) says – 2 1/2 stars “There are rules to this super-hero/super-villain game, and they’re laid out by the title character in the chatty new animated adventure comedy “Megamind” starring Will Ferrell. “Good receives all the praise and adulation. Evil is sent for quiet time in the corner.” The message, about “learning from your mistakes,” is kid-appropriate. And the voice casting is on the money and these funny people — and I’m including Pitt, who plays this sort of self-mocking Adonis well, even in animated form — make this cute comedy come off. Even if we, like Megamind, start to wonder “What’s the point?” after Metroman’s exit.” (read full review)

Claudia Puig (USA Today) says – 2 stars “Do we really need Megamind when Despicable Me is around? Megamind has some funny moments, silly mispronunciations and comical socio-political references. But it suffers from being the second animated movie this year to feature a dastardly villain for a hero…But mostly, it’s the thin, ultra-familiar story that keeps Megamind from soaring.” (read full review)

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