Best Movies of All Time + Will Ferrell



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I know that I'm a little bit late on seeing Megamind - I had every intention of seeing it last Friday upon its release - but now that I have seen it, you can have my review.

Our story, which was directed by Tom McGrath, follows the titular Megamind (voiced by Will Ferrell), a supervillain whose only joy in life is his constant battles with his arch-nemesis, Metro Man (voiced by Brad Pitt). When Megamind finally dispatches of the city's hero, life becomes dull. He resolves to create a new hero for his battling pleasure, mistakenly choosing TV cameraman Hal (voiced by Jonah Hill) as his future nemesis. When things go awry, Megamind enlists the help of an ever-present reporter named Roxanne (voiced by Tina Fey) to bring Metro City back to its feet.

The screenplay itself is your standard, superhero fare with a few twists in just the right places. We see a man stand up for the good of the city, but this time, that man starts his reign as the city's most prominent villain. I think what I liked most about the screenplay were the throwbacks to the original Superman film. Baby Megamind's start in life almost perfectly mirrors Superman's, and the same can be said for Metro Man himself. Also, one of Megamind's alter egos in the film bears a strong resemblance to a certain character played by Marlon Brando back in 1978. A coincidence? I think not.

The voice acting is good, if not spectacular. Ferrell brings his usual stuff to the lead role, and it's hit-or-miss just the same. Pitt and Hill are both equally good in much smaller roles. However, Fey's character stands out a little bit more simply because the animation artists were able to convey Fey's spirit through her on-screen persona. It was definitely a sight for sore eyes.

I would like to say that Megamind has arguably one of the greatest composition soundtracks that I have ever heard, and the filmmakers found a way to incorporate each song into its respective scene seamlessly. Aside from Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe's score, we've got a lot of familiar music from pop culture blasting through our ears. From Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" to Gun n' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle," it's a rock party that I thoroughly enjoyed. They even threw in a little MJ at the end.

Overall, Megamind is good, but I don't think it's worth running to see. If you're going to watch it in theaters, see it in the morning when you can get a matinee price; otherwise, I'd just wait for the DVD.

Movie Review Summary:
Grade: B
Thumb... Slightly Up
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