“Megamind” is one of those superhero films designed for
children that give the adults something to think about, as well.
Will Ferrell plays the voice of “Megamind,” who literally
came from another planet, but so did his counterpart, Metro Man (Brad
Pitt). Metro uses his
powers for good, while Mega plays the villain.
It’s a good partnership, good and evil are carefully defined,
and a grateful populace makes a popular celebrity out of Metro Man.
But all is not as it seems.
Metro Man gets bored with being the one-dimensional good guy.
He still has his super-powers, so he doesn’t exactly have the
choice of living a normal life. So
he just goes into hiding; a self-imposed Bohemian exile.
Megamind, at last free to roam the entire metropolis at will,
creating havoc and taking what he wants and being cruel to everyone in
sight, quickly discovers that he, too, is bored.
It’s no fun being a villain when there’s no adversary to
fight you, and perhaps define you precisely by opposing you.
Those epic struggles were the good old days.
Kinda like the U.S.after the “Evil Empire” of the former
U.S.S.R. disintegrated: we
hardly knew what to do with ourselves, so we got greedy, then paid the
price for the mess we made while doing it.
The only logical person in this scenario is Roxanne (Tina Fey),
the erstwhile news reporter, who clearly idol-worshipped Metro Man, but
even his arch nemesis Megamind recognizes a good brain when he sees it.
He actually enlists her help, because his attempt at creating
another Superhero, Titan (Jonah Hill) results in a disaster that he may
not be able stop.
Look for some great voice performances, some clever animation,
and perhaps more superhero angst than most 3-year-olds can endure in one
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Pastor,
Grace Presbyterian Church,