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Unfortunately, “Megamind” can be chalked up to the waste of time category.
All the blue villain’s dastardly plans couldn’t save this film.
In fact, of the three kids in the theater when I saw it, none seemed impressed.
Megamind, voiced by Will Ferrell (“The Other Guys”), is the maniacal super villain who lived his life thinking he was destined to be a villain along with his sidekick, Minion. (David Cross, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”)
His nemesis is super hero Metro Man, voiced by Brad Pitt (“Inglourious Basterds”). They battle for years until one day Metro Man is no more and Megamind, who looks remarkably like a blue Barney Stinson from “How I Met Your Mother,” doesn’t know what to do with himself.
Roxanne, voiced by Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) is the object of Megamind’s affection.
Be warned: Don’t expect the plot line displayed in the early trailers. It’s not a quest to find Metro Man’s replacement. From the beginning, the movie has a dark tone.
There’s a scene near the end of the film in which the bad guy says he wants to destroy a tall building and the symbol it represents for the city. Although it’s been almost 10 years since Sept. 11, 2001, that scene in an animated film still is somewhat tasteless.
The film is another example that just because a movie’s toys are sold in a kid’s meal doesn’t mean it’s a kid’s movie.
Second, the 3-D animation added nothing to the film and was not worth the $3 up-charge.
DreamWorks Animation always has had a problem figuring out how to make a good family film, and this one is a miss. It’s easy to see why producers chose to release it in early November instead of trying to go head to head with Disney’s “Tangled” over Thanksgiving weekend.
The gags are old, the plot is too adult for the G-movie audience and the 3-D isn’t worth it.
It will, however, probably be used as an example for child educators in the nature verses nurture argument that’s prevalent in many theories of child development.
“Megamind” also has a great classic rock soundtrack ripped straight from “Iron Man,” but it’s still too adult for young children.
If you want to check out a better DreamWorks Animation film released earlier this year, see “How to Train Your Dragon” on DVD. It has some moments of adult content too, but is a much better film.
I give “Megamind” two out of five take slates.
Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741.