Megamind (2010) voices Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt, David Cross, Ben Stiller directed by Tom McGrath Movie Review

Megamind (2010)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Megamind (2010) voices Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill


With his home planet about to be destroyed, Megamind, a little blue alien, is dispatched to earth but he is not the only alien to be sent to Earth as the wholesome Metro Man is also sent to Earth literally landing in the lap of luxury whilst Megamind landed in jail. Despite discovering an early gift for inventing Megamind tries to do good but constantly ends up in trouble and playing second Fiddle who becomes his arch nemesis. Realising there is no point in trying to do good Megamind decides to become an evil genius bring him into constant battle with Metro Man, an all American hero. That is until when one day one of Megamind's nefarious plans work and he destroys Metro Man and he discovers that without his arch nemesis his life is pointless. So to find a reason to be he decides to create a new super hero but things don't go to plan.

I'll lay my cards on the table right from the start; I am not the biggest fan of Will Ferrell and whilst some modern animations have impressed many have disappointed. So the combined idea of an animation with Will Ferrell voicing a character was not at the top of my must watch movies but having eventually watched "Megamind" it was not as bad as I imagined.

Megamind (2010) voices Brad Pitt, David Cross, Ben Stiller

Now "Megamind" does some good things none more so than including plenty of references to the 1978 version of "Superman". The opening which sees Megamind sent to earth as a child and then being bumped out of the way by Metro Man as baby is an amusing twist on "Superman" and there are plenty more including Roxanne the reporter who Megamind kidnaps so often she should collect frequent kidnapping miles. For those who reluctantly watch "Megamind" these references make the movie a lot of fun.

Aside from this side of things well I often found myself quite enjoying the idea of an evil genius who feels pointless when he destroys his good guy nemesis. I wouldn't say it is a totally original idea as I have seen similar movies but this one certainly works the idea well with some comical ideas.

And then there is Will Ferrell's voicing and to be honest it didn't put me completely off but I did find myself becoming tired of it and his obvious touches to the dialogue a long time before "Megamind" was even close to ending. And unfortunately whilst Tina Fey, Jonah Hill as well as Brad Pitt voice characters it is a movie understandably dominated by Ferrell's voice and his more innocent sense of humour.

What this all boils down to is that "Megamind" was not a movie I was looking forward to watch but it turned out to not be as bad as I though it would. I still didn't go wild for it but there are some good ideas and funny scenes for the entire family.