Movie Review: Megamind, starring Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and David Cross (with trailer video)

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Megamind cross-pollinates many familiar elements of superhero movies and pop culture with the talented voice acting of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill and David Cross to create a fun story — though it may be slightly too complicated for younger audiences.

The idea is that Ferrell’s MegaMind and Pitt’s MetroMan were sent to Earth from a dying planet, with MegaMind landing in a jail and taking the part of villain, while MetroMan made himself comfortable in the hero cape. Once MetroMan is gone (after a slightly disturbing death scene), MegaMind realizes he lacks a suitable foe and creates a new hero (voiced by Jonah Hill). Only problem: The new hero turns out to be a rather nasty villain himself, forcing MegaMind to play for the good guys for once.

I caught Megamind in 3D and was blown away by how good it looked. Sure, there are some gimmicky shots of spiders and popcorn being dangled in front of the audience, but the movie does a good job of keeping the effects subtle and beautiful. I dug the music even more than the 3D, with its lively selection of songs by the likes of AC/DC and Michael Jackson (to name a few). For once, the music adds to the story, and isn’t there just to sell the soundtrack album.

With a mix of hooks sure to grab kids and adults alike, Megamind turns out to be that rare entertaining movie for the whole family.

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