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4 stars out of 4
“Megamind” was one of those great films that appeals to children, but has enough sophisticated humor to entertain adults. And by sophisticated, I mean quick one-liners and fast moving dialogue, not jokes dripping with sexual innuendo that you have to explain to your bewildered children. A movie for kids can appeal to adults without stooping to potty humor. I am a huge fan of Tina Fey and her character, Roxanne, was Tina in cartoon form. I highly recommend you catch this one soon, but I don’t think it’s necessary to spend the extra money on 3-D. There were a couple of sight gags, but nothing worth the extra cost.
— Laurel Grams, Lawrenceville
1 1/2 stars out of 4
Uber-expensive Saturday morning cartoons. I put on the 3-D glasses and all I got was a cute moronic cartoon story about super heroes and super villains through their mid-life crisis with existential angst with voices from people I’ve become familiar with — Will Ferrell (Megamind), Brad Pitt (Metro Man) and Tina Fey (Roxanne Ritchi). The only Nemo-like character I enjoyed was Minion, voiced by David Cross. I knew I was in trouble when I overheard so many young kids at the 9 p.m. show, but after a while they quieted down since most of the movie’s subplots were geared to adults (or they dozed off). Wait for the DVD.
— Alfred Richner, Duluth
4 stars out of 4
Just as their planet was being sucked into a black hole, Megamind’s parents placed their infant son in an emergency escape pod and launched him into space, toward Earth. Meanwhile, another baby’s parents launched him out on the same path. But while the latter will land in the home of a wealthy couple and grow up to become Metro Man (voice of Brad Pitt), poor Megamind’s (voice of Will Ferrell) pod crashes in a prison yard, leaving him to be raised by convicts.
Later, in grade school, Metro Man is popular using his super powers, leaving a frustrated Megamind to embrace a diabolical life bent on destroying Metro Man. As the years go by, Metro Man and Megamind develop an intense rivalry and they battle over Metro City. The pretty reporter Roxanne Ritchi (voice of Tina Fey) is the damsel in distress as Megamind kidnaps her time and time again to use as bait to lure Metro Man in hopes of destroying him. Even though he is always defeated by Metro Man, Megamind once again hatches another scheme, he uses a disguise watch and escapes from jail and then he kidnaps pretty reporter Roxanne and lures the predictable hero into a deadly trap.
I enjoyed this with my family.
— Gail Nunez-Blackshear, Lawrenceville