Ok...I can safely say that I am certain I am not the last person on Earth to see a 3D movie. I know for a fact that my husband hasn't been to one yet either. I've heard they're super cool and all, but for some reason we just haven't jumped on the bandwagon with those goofy glasses. Plus, it doesn't seem like there's been a movie we've wanted to see that was actually in 3D. But when the chance to catch an advanced screening of Dream Works 3D animated flick Megamind came up, I jumped...even though it meant hitting the theater again by myself. (Brett was still out of town at a business meeting)
I planned ahead and packed a book to kill time while waiting for the previews to start. I was not as savvy as the people in front of me who packed Ziploc bags to pour their endless bucket of refilled popcorn into...my stomach actually hurt as I watched the four adults and two children go through six buckets of popcorn before the movie even started!
As soon as I put on my super uncool 3D glasses, I have to say it was like being in a whole different world! What have I been missing?? Seriously, what a fun experience...and things jump out at you off the screen!
Megamind is a superhero vs. super villain story based on the premise "what if Lex Luthor defeated Superman?" The flick features the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. FYI: Brad Pitt and I go way back...he's MO boy. As in, he is "Missouri" boy. Raised in Springfield, Missouri (where I went to college) he came back there for the premier of Meet Joe Black in 1998. Incidentally, that was when I was writing for SMS's college newspaper, The Southwest Standard and got to cover the press conference. Brad and I had a special moment when I asked him if he would ever go back to college to finish his degree. He answered no, he'd left the University of Missouri just weeks before graduating with a journalism degree to head to Hollywood and had never looked back. Then he looked me dead in the eye and asked "why do you ask?" I totally froze and all I could squeak out was "I don't know, I was just wondering." It was his piercing blue eyes that got me....
Anyway, back to Megamind.
Super villain Megamind (Ferrell) spends his life trying to overcome his
archenemy & superhero Metro Man (Pitt) and conquer Metro City, never
quiet succeeding. It looks like things might
have finally turned his way during one of his botched hostage plots involving
Metro Man's girlfriend, news reporter Roxanne Ritchi (Fey). But it doesn't
take long before Megamind realizes that every yin needs a yang. He
decides to make Roxanne's cameraman Hal (Hill) into Titan, Metro City's next
big superhero...except Titan is more interested in being bad.
I'd say it's probably the best Will Ferrell I've seen in a long time. There were lots of laughs from the audience and the CGI special effects prompted "oohs" and "aahhs" from the kids (and me!). Not having attended a lot of children's movies, I learned a valuable lesson: don't sit near the end of the row...apparently kids can't make it through a movie without having to go the bathroom...a lot. The makers of Megamind also did Shrek and the same subtle adult humor mixed with the kid comedy hit the mark here. The soundtrack had me tapping my feet, gotta love it when movies use music you've actually heard before! My only complaint is how Tina Fey's character was drawn...does every female cartoon have to have a waist barely wider than her neck and a bustline that should topple her?
Overall I would say a fun family film...one that you would enjoy even if you saw it by yourself, wearing dorky glasses.