These 3D computer animated movies are a really risky gamble for consumers. ¬†You have a 50/50 shot at seeing something that's worth your money usually, but when the movie is in 3D and the ticket price could be as much as $15 a person, you damn well better deliver the goods or you're gonna have some really pissed off eyes behind the shaded specs in the theater. ¬†Megamind stars the voices of Will Ferrel, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, David Cross (Mr. Show, Arrested Development) and Jonah Hill. ¬†Yeah, Brad Pitt doesn't really fit in that comedic lineup but he holds his own considering that his role of the heroic Metro Man isn't meant to be all that funny. ¬†In fact the movie isn't really meant to be anyone's except for Ferrel who plays the titular Megamind, the dastardly villain. ¬†The movie is from the director who did Madagascar and the production team behind Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. ¬†The animation is okay and it's full of cheap 3D tricks that are usually reserved for a theme park, but what saves this movie is the fairly original story mixed with the comedic timing of Ferrel and Cross. ¬†To my knowledge, Will Ferrel hasn't done any voice work prior to this but I hope he makes another go of it because he's terrific at it. ¬†David Cross plays Minion, who is Megamind's henchman. ¬†Almost half the scenes in the film are done with those two as the subjects and the jokes are subtle and quick. ¬†The animation aids the comedy at times but also stifles it by being...well, animated. ¬†There are some animated movies that are so funny that I consider them some of the best comedies of the year they came out; such as the original Shrek, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Aladdin to name a few. ¬†But, and perhaps it's the lack of inner child in me, I can't ever enjoy a comedic cartoon as fully as I would if it was life action because of that. ¬†So in that respect, when an animated movie makes me laugh pretty hard, I feel it deserves the respect that its earned. ¬†However with Megamind, the scenes that don't involve those two are still fun, but just barely. ¬†Tina Fey is a very funny actress but she's given no funny scenes. ¬†Jonah Hill plays his usual fat doofus and stretches his thin threads of comedy to the breaking point. ¬†And Brad Pitt seems kind of out of place in this and rather luke warm in the role. ¬†The story is relatively good, playing off the lore of Superman and borrowing from other superhero stories. ¬†But it's nothing that will blow your socks off. ¬†Your kids will like it and you'll love half the film and like the other half. ¬†Let me know when Megamind the live action, PG-13 version comes out and I'm sure I'll fully love it then.
Megamind (Rated PG)
Gavin Grade: B-