INTERN’S VIEW: ‘Megamind’ Is A Fun Kid’s Film, Even For A Teenager


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by Philip Benais

Megamind: Directed By Tom McGrath; Starring Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill and David Cross.

It’s rare that I find a kid’s film that I can actually enjoy now as a teenager. They do exist, but the list for such films is fairly short, including classics such as Toy Story, The Secret Of NIMH and Aladdin. Thankfully for Megamind, it’s made that list just a tiny bit larger. Unlike the majority of films I seem to like, Megamind is great for all ages and will have something in it that everyone in the family can enjoy. Of course the kids will love the animation and the goofy circumstances but adults weren’t left out of the equation; between the rocking soundtrack and the great performances, this is a film I personally would show my children, and I don’t think there is a higher recommendation.

The story follows the villainous exploits of Megamind, (played to perfection by Will Ferrell) a blue alien that terrorizes Metro City. Unfortunately for him, all of his attempts to conquer Metro City (or Metrocity as he calls it) have been foiled by Metro Man, (Brad Pitt) who is the Superman to Megamind’s Lex Luthor. On the opening of the Metro Man museum however, something goes horribly right for Megamind and he finds himself ruler of the city. Now Megamind is thrust into the adventure of a lifetime with his loyal sidekick Minion, (David Cross) Metro Man’s supposed flame Roxanne Ritchie (Tina Fey) and the dorky cameraman Hal who lusts after Roxanne. (Jonah Hill)

Before we go any further, let me just say that the voice work in this film is top notch; everyone delights and excites as their respective characters, be it the devious Megamind, the do gooder Metro Man or the strong reporter Roxanne Ritchie. A lot of that also has to do with the fact that this film has some of the best writing and pacing I’ve seen from an animated film in a long time. Far from being too slow or suffocatingly fast, the movie sets up all of it’s jokes carefully and every one of them has a satisfying payoff. Megamind never presumes that it’s just for kids, so even a hardened cinemaphile like myself was able to get a real sense of enjoyment out of it.

The animation is also wonderful, aiding the humor and the emotion with fully rendered details and expressions. Although I didn’t see the film in 3D, I still felt every bit as immersed and wowed by it. The final product of every wonderful portion of it is an excellent slice of nostalgia for the older audiences with a feel good center for everyone. After you see Megamind, I dare you to not feel happy. It’s a delightful upper of a film that lifts spirits and dazzles the eyes. What more could you ask from a kid’s film?

The only real complaint I had is the nature of the film itself; as it IS a kid’s film, it certainly won’t be on any Top Ten Of The Year lists but in all honesty that shouldn’t stop anyone interested from seeing. This is a great film and even if it is bound by certain limitations of it’s genre, who cares? The point in these sorts of films is to feel good and have a great time and on that scale, Megamind gets my highest rating. If you parents are looking for a great way to spend a day at the movies with your children, take them to see Megamind. I guarantee you and your children will not regret it. I know it made me feel like a young kid again, and for a film I expected to be so-so it was the perfect highlight to a Tuesday afternoon.

Rating: **** / *****

VIDEOS:

Here’s the first five minutes of the film, followed by trailers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C30WB0FZS94

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Philip Benais is our newest Intern, a 16-year old student at Big Picture High School in SeaTac. He’s an aspiring Writer who loves movies, so we let him write reviews for us.

Read more of his work here.]

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