Megamind is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film directed by Tom McGrath, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures.
Though he is the most-brilliant supervillain the world has known, Megamind (Will Ferrell) is the least-successful. Thwarted time and again by heroic Metro Man (Brad Pitt), Megamind is more surprised than anyone when he actually manages to defeat his longtime enemy. But without Metro Man, Megamind has no purpose in life, so he creates a new opponent, who quickly decides that it's more fun to be a bad guy than a hero.
Why It Rocks
- Megamind is pretty even handed. When characters in the movie are bad, cowardly, or act in ways that are beneath them, it's for an understandable human reason.
- The movie makes the argument that if people could reach a more mutual understanding of each other, then we might be able to start to eliminate much (but not all) of the evil and misery in this world.
- Great animation. Especially for 2010.
- A right mixture of humor, seriousness and a little suspense with a strong romantic subplot.
- The movie vividly captures many awkward and tragic human situations in a way only animation can.
- Some of the great parts of the movie are present in the first few minutes of the film, where we see how Megamind came to be a villain.
- The movie is peppered with cool references to various comics, politics, and film with plenty of humor.
- Some superb action and flying scenes that are spectacular to watch, especially in 3D.
- A catchy soundtrack with copyrighted songs during montages like Mr. Blue Sky and I'm Bad.
- Fantastic performances from Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt, and Jonah Hill.
- The film is extremely underrated and only lives on through internet memes.
- Poor box office performance, becoming one of DreamWorks Animation's lowest-grossing films.
- A lot of people complain that the film is a little similar to Despicable Me which came out the same year and four months before Megamind's release.
- Roxanne Ritchi, a badass female character, turns into a damsel-in-distress near the third act.
Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 72% based on 176 reviews and an average rating of 6.6 out of 10. The site's consensus states the film "regurgitates plot points from earlier animated efforts, and isn't quite as funny as it should be, but a top-shelf voice cast and strong visuals help make Megamind a pleasant, if unspectacular, diversion." Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, calculated an average score of 63 based on 33 reviews. Audiences polled by Cinemascore gave Megamind a grade of "A-" on a scale from A+ to F-.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film three out of four stars, stating "This set-up is bright and amusing, even if it does feel recycled from bits and pieces of such recent animated landmarks as The Incredibles with its superpowers and Despicable Me with its villain." Stephen Holden, of The New York Times, positively wrote in his review, "Visually Megamind is immaculately sleek and gracefully enhanced by 3-D."