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    November 12, 2010


    MEGAMIND (English/U)
    Genre: Animation/
    Release Date: 4 November 2010
    Distributor: Paramount Pictures (under United International Picture)
    Running Time: 96 minutes
    Directors: Tom McGrath
    Producers: Lara Breay, Ben stiller, Denise Nolan Cascino
    Writers: Alan J Schoolcraft, Brent Simons
    Casts: Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross, Brad Pitt
    Plot: Megamind is the most brilliant supervillain the world has ever known - and also the least successful! Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way. Each attempt, a colossal failure thanks to the caped superhero known as Metro Man, an invincible hero until the day Megamind actually kills him in the throes of one of his botched evil plans. Suddenly, Megamind has no purpose. A supervillain without a superhero. He realises that achieving his life's ambition is the worst thing that ever happened to him.


    How is it blue to be a supervillain? Like heroes and villains, they are created, not born as one. Certainly this big-head blue villain is destined for....(oh, I missed that one as well). But behold, could this villain been the better one than his compatriot Glu in Despicable Me? Certainly....(oh, I missed that one too).

    Megamind is a tale of a super-intelligent alien (Will Ferrell) who is sent to Earth from his home planet during a time of crisis. Arriving on Earth, he lands in Metrocity Prison and has been groomed well for criminl act. On the other hand, another infant alien is sent from another planet and arrive to eventually known as Metro Man (Brad Pitt). Their rivalry on Earth becomes intense and one day, Megamind unexpectedly killed Metro Man. The city is left in doom as evil reigns. However, there is something else melting the evilness of Megamind. And the story continues....

    Megamind is an exactly copy-and-paste with some alterations here and there from Despicable Me. Copy in an ego supervillain, cute and adorable minions, an intelligent sidekick and change of heart to become a hero, and now you get Megamind. The concept of the story is pretty much the same and acts like a carbon paper, and what makes it worst is that it copies the legendary tale of Superman too. Throw in an iron-steel character that looks like Clark Kent with a baldie badass in the forms of Lex Luthor, oh and you get this.

    Recycling the animation is not that nad idea after all. Isn't cartoons about heroes are meant to be like that. It is cheeky and fun, while it didn't beat the whole purpose of having a surreal entertainment in animation. It is however, not as bright nor amusing as it sounds like. Dialogues are cheesy but not intituitively poking. The plot is rich and profounding but has some execution issue to make this a brilliant one. Megamind may feels old and been recycled in many parts of its story, but it is however still has earned some distinction for itself. After all, as formulaic as it is, it still able to capture some attention and avoidance from boredom. There is still some punches of emotion savour in it, albeit not a strong one and Megamind delivers a slightly better than expectation operformance for a recycled movie.

    Even with Will Ferrell doing the punchy lines with Tina Fey, Joanh Hill, David Cross and Brad Pitt on the casting seat, the movie creates havoc in the big names but literally it has just enough impact to make this decent story. The uses of 3D seems politely been manouvered here and it did generated enough experience to be gulped for. In the end, the witty 3-D animation like this could not be more destructive after all. Give it a try to this recycled movie and you may still found some love in it.

    Story - 3.0 stars
    Casts - 3.5 stars
    Cinematography - 4.0 stars
    Effects - 4.0 stars
    OVERALL - 3.5 stars

    MEGAMIND is currently showing in 3D and normal format in theaters natiowide.
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