My Opinion right after watching movie
My opinion right after watching this movie is that it is great; literally, I have little to nothing to complain about. The characters are all interesting and more than one-sided, the story is detailed and could not really find any issues, and it is just great all around. Definitely one of DreamWorks better ones.
The film was originally titled “Master Mind”, but it was used in a 1970’s board game, so it could not be used. It was then changed to “Oobermind”, which did not sound right, so it was changed to become “Megamind”. Ben Stiller (who is an executive producer of the film) was gonna be the voice of Megamind, and then it was gonna be Robert Downey Jr, but it was ultimately given to Will Ferrell. Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro was brought in the film 3 weeks before production ended, and Megamind falling to his “death” was his idea, and now has a bigger part in DreamWorks Animation. The designs were based off of Superman and Batman.
So the movie starts with a background of Megamind (Will Ferrel)’s life and how he became a villain. It also explains his rivalry to Metro Man (Brad Pitt) from childhood all the way to present day. He soon becomes the town villain and Metro Man becomes the town hero.
So Megamind is in solitary confinement in jail (because he is such a genius) and manages to escape jail due to his sidekick Minion (David Cross). So today is the celebration of Metro Man getting a museum named after him, and I am shocked that I am liking Pitt in this; he is actually trying to voice act.
Susan Roxxane(Tina Fey) is kidnapped by them and is taken to Megamind`s lab. Susan is not scared because they have went through the being captured and Metro Man saving the day dozens of times. I like Susan`s dry sense of humor and she seems to have some sass, which is not rubbed in.
So Megamind hacks into all the videos in town to tell Metro Man that he has Susan (who is not scared at all) and she tells him that they are in the abandoned observatory, sending Metro Man to go and save her, not knowing that it is a trap. Turns out that she is not in the abandoned observatory, and Megamind blows up the abandoned observatory that Metro Man is in and “kills him“.
So Megamind walks through the streets dancing to some rock song that I forgot and do not care to find the name for, and everyone is actually scared of him. Apparently, Metro Man was the mayor of the town as well (how in the hell did he have time to be a hero AND a mayor). So soon after he took over, he is bored with having everything because he is not being challenged. After Roxanne does a news report, Hal (Jonah Hill, ugh) asks her to come over to his house to have a party of two, and she is disgusted by the idea and refuses.
Her and Megamind go to the museum that was dedicated to Metro Man to say how much they miss him, but the pain is too much for Mega to remember, so he sets a bomb up to blow the place up. He also disguises as Bernard because he is the villain that everyone hates and bumps into Susan, to chat. They have a little chat before the building blows up and they bond over the fact that there is no one to challenge Megamind, and she unintentionally gives him the idea that a hero can be made. He makes a shot to use on a person to become as strong as Metro Man (with his left over DNA), but then Roxxane and Hal find his secret observatory. So he changes to Bernard and after a slapstick scene, they exchange numbers and are now “partners” to take down Megamind.
So Megamind decides to make Hal the hero because he has not accomplished a damn thing in his life, and disguises himself as a godfather like stereotype that is from outer space and tells Hal that he is meant to be a hero. He gives Hal superpowers, and trains him for the next days, while also going out with Roxxane disguised as Bernard. He becomes a better person by being with Roxxane (though he was not too bad to begin with), and we actually learn some details about her, and how she and Metro Man were never a couple.
So she misses her date with Bernard as Hal abducts her into an unwilling date. He gets mad that Roxxane does not want him and turns bad, and she finds out that Bernard is Megamind and is disgusted by him because of his actions. He visits “Titan” after he does not show up to their battle the next morning, and realized that he turned bad after he stole a bunch of money. Hal wants to team up with him to take over the world, but Mega tells him everything, making Hal mad and wanting to beat the crap out of him.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that Roxanne and Megamind find out that Metro Man is alive, faked his death to not be a hero, and to make his own choices and tells Mega Mind it is his time to be a hero. So he has Roxxane, no jail time somehow (which I find ridiculous), Minion, and they
ruin dance to Michael Jackson’s “Bad”. The ending bothers me because Megamind is excused of everything else he did beforehand and still did not finish his time, while Hal replaced his place in solitary confinement.
The characters in this film are great. They are more than just one-dimensional and there are more details put into them and their personalities. Though some of them are still a bit generic and their development could have been cleaner, they are still enjoyable.
The animation in the film is very similar to that of Monsters vs Aliens; good, but a bit too cartoony and distracting, but not that of Monsters vs Aliens. You can tell by some of the designs of the characters that they took from Monsters vs Aliens.
The music in this is….. pretty damn good. The score is powerful and done by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe. There are a few pop covers that I refuse to talk about but otherwise, it is very good.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on November 2nd, 2010, it opened very strong and more than How to Train Your Dragon, opening at #1 and stayed there for another week. It dropped to number 2 the third week and continued to drop because it was competing against Tangled and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. It closed on February 24th, 2011 (a day before it was released on DVD and did well on), and managed to be a moderate success in the box office with $148,415,853 in the U.S. and Canada as well as $321,885,765 worldwide. It is one of the lowest-grossing CGI DreamWorks films, but still made more than it’s $130 million budget.
It received favorable reviews critically. A lot liked it for its visuals, action, characters, story, and everything about it, though some said it is not as funny as it should be. A lot of the bad reviews and criticism that was given to it was that it was too similar to Despicable Me, which was released a few months prior, which I think it is an unfair criticism because they were in development AT THE SAME TIME and Illumination was not a threat or even known about then.
When it comes to the awards, it won NONE and only nominated for 5 awards; an Annie, a Kid’s Choice, Comedy Awards, and 2 others. As I said in the Dragon review, 2010 was a very competitive year for animation. There was the Magnum Opus of Pixar films Toy Story 3, Disney’s comeback Tangled, How to Train Your Dragon, and Illumination’s debut Despicable Me.
Well today, it is seen as one of DreamWorks better films, though not the best. The company is disappointed in it and refused to make a sequel to it because of its box office results. It is not forgotten though and does have a more than small fanbase.
Story = 8.5/10
Characters = 7/10
Music = 8/10
Animation = 7.5/10