Saturday, November 6, 2010
Same Story, Just With Super Powers
Dreamworks is known to come out with a new animated film practically every year. This year we got Megamind, another movie that teaches it's audience that we should never judge a book by it's cover. Although this is usually always the moral of these animated films, Megamind still seems to stay strong and entertaining.
The story isn't really original. It's a superhero film, but instead of focusing on the actual hero Metro Man ( Brad Pitt), it focuses onthe villain, Megamind (Will Ferrell) and his troubles in life. It's a fun story because it focuses on the villain, sadly this just seems to have been done with Despicable Me. But it's still fun to see the villain turn good, and even get the girl, Roxanne Ritchie (Tina Fey) which just helps to show little kids that you can be whatever you want to be as long as you fight for it, and you can get the girl no matter what, even if you're blue. It also shows that sometimes getting everything that you want will not always bring you happiness, which is shown after Megamind has won his battle against Metro Man. It is also cool to see how Megamind still wanted to play this villainy game by creating a new hero, which is what eventually causes him to turn good since his new hero has turned into a villain. It has it's funny moments, but it just feels like it could've been better with it's story. Just sadly Dreamworks' animated films are more for children so they are limited to these predictable storylines, causing for every film to feel recycled and done before.
The voice acting is a good, it's a great cast with Ferrell, Tina Fey, and even Brad Pitt, but sadly the dialogue isn't all that strong. It wasn't boring, but it seems like the storyline could've been stronger with better dialogue. One thing that I enjoyed was how the characters treated their rivalry like a game. They knew how to treat each other because that was what they were meant to do. Everything that it used has already been done before. There were no memorable lines or any strong moments. Maybe the strongest moment was towards the end when you find out how much of a hero Megamind really is. It's good to see that if we truly love someone we can become better people for them, but that was already done in movies before.
The effects are actually very good. I enjoyed watching it because it looked really nice. It was very smooth and colorful. It's bright, and feels a lot more like a children's film than past Dreamworks films, there was hardly a dark, scary moment. The soundtrack was also good. There were the songs made specifically for the film and then there were other songs that surprised me. One was "Highway to Hell" although whenever it would get to "Hell" it would switch to "Lovin' You," which was really funny. It also had other rock songs like "Crazy Train" and "Welcome to the Jungle," which really hightened up the excitement when Megamind would make his appearance. A good soundtrack that I enjoyed listening to, it even had "Bad" by Michael Jackson.
This movie does feel a bit recycled and old. It just feels too similar to previous animated films. It still is good, better than some older films, but it's not the best. If you want to just watch a cute movie about super heroes, then sure, I really recommend this film. I enjoyed it because it did have superheroes, I'm a sucker for them. But it's not the best, as simple as that. If you want to watch it then go ahead, but I don't recommend this movie like I recommend the other films I've reviewed. This is your choice on whether or not to watch it.