Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Movie Review: "Megamind" Scores Mega Laughs

Even though Heather & Brett don't have any children, they still love watching a good cartoon.  In fact, the Disney Channel is one of Brett's favorite on television!  When tickets became available for the Dream Works animated Megamind film, Heather snapped them up, even though Brett was out of town on a business trip.

Flying solo again to the movies proved to be interesting.  Even arriving more than an hour before showtime, Heather still found herself lucky to find a seat!  Usually most screenings confiscate cell phones before the show, so she was fully prepared to read the book tucked away in her purse while waiting for the film to start.  Little did she know, she was sitting behind the show itself!  Heather watched the folks in front of her consume at least six large buckets of popcorn before the previews even started!  With four adults and two children, the group purchased one bucket of popcorn and poured it into each person's ziploc baggie and then sent someone back for a refill.  And they did the same with a large soda.  You would not even believe how much popcorn they went through!

Heather can safely say she's not the last person on Earth to watch a 3D film at the movies...Brett hasn't made it to one yet either.  What a fun experience!  Not only do you get to wear funny glasses, but things jump out at you off the screen!  Megamind features the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.  The storyline revolves around a superhero and a super villain and the plot is based on the premise "what if Lex Luthor defeated Superman?"

Megamind (Ferrell) spends his life trying to overcome his archenemy Metro Man (Pitt) and conquer Metro City, always failing.  Things seemingly turn his way during one of his botched hostage plots involving Metro Man's girlfriend, news reporter Roxanne Ritchi (Fey).  But Megamind soon learns that every yin needs a yang.  He decides to make Roxanne's cameraman Hal (Hill) into Metro City's next big superhero, Titan...except Titan is more interested in being a super villain.  

It's probably the best Will Ferrell movie Heather's seen in a long time.  The comedy got lots of laughs from the audience and the CGI special effects prompted "oohs" and "aahhs" from the kids.  (Valuable lesson learned:  don't sit near the end of the row at a children's move...apparently kids have to go the bathroom. A lot.)  Dream Works also did Shrek and this film was much like that one with the subtle adult humor mixed with the kid comedy.  The soundtrack will have you tapping your feet, gotta love it when movies use music you've actually heard before! The only complaint about this film is how Tina Fey's character was drawn...does every female cartoon have to have a waist barely wider than her neck and a bustline that should topple her?

Overall a fun family that you would enjoy even if you saw it by yourself.