The kids and I saw an advance movie screening of Megamind on Saturday. We saw the movie in IMAX 3D. It was our first IMAX 3D experience and I am impressed. The image was super sharp and at times, it really did look like some of the characters were flying above the theatre audience. In my opinion, IMAX 3D is much better than RealD 3D. Very impressive technology. Now back to the movie review. Megamind is rated PG and is about 96 minutes long. The Dreamworks movie will be released on Friday, November 5, 2010.
What is the movie about?
If you’ve seen the movie trailers, you probably think the movie is about two super aliens, Megamind and Metro Man. In reality, the movie is mostly about Megamind (hence the name of the movie). The movie starts off with the story of Megamind and Metro Man being sent to Earth from their respective home planets in a time of crisis. Metro Man eventually grows up to become a popular superhero while Megamind turns into a super villain. The movie reminds me of the Superman storyline. Metro Man is a facsimile of Superman (who was sent to Earth from Krypton when he was a baby). Megamind is essentially a combination of Lex Luthor and Brainiac 5 (who is green instead of blue). The reporter and love interest in the movie, Roxanne Ritchi, represents Lois Lane. The film even implies Metro Man’s weakness is copper (Superman’s weakness is kryptonite).
IMAX 3D, RealD 3D, or old school?
Megamind will be released in RealD 3D, IMAX 3D, and 2D this Friday at a theatre near you. Obviously, if you’re not keen on watching movies with 3D glasses, you can save yourself some money and watch the 2D version. On the other hand, if you’re into 3D, I recommend watching the film in IMAX 3D. It’ll cost a little more than RealD 3D, but it’s worth it. The images were crystal-clear, the colors were vivid, and the audio was awesome. And best of all, the 3D effects really do pop off the screen. Megamind is the best 3D movie I’ve ever seen and I think it’s because I watched it in IMAX 3D. As cool as IMAX 3D is, the technology does seem to have a problem with super fast motion. For instance, when a character flies really fast across the screen, all I could see was a quick blur. Luckily, this problem only occurred a few times during the movie.
Will kids like the movie?
What’s not to like about Megamind? He’s bad, blue, and brilliant. He’s also lovable. My kids love Megamind and I think other kids will like this movie too. The movie has superheroes, villains, a fishy sidekick, action, humor, and surprises. Most of the action is at the beginning and end of the movie. So if your kids need to go to the restroom, the middle of the movie is a good time to go.
Will dads and moms like the movie?
I love this movie. Call me strange, but I was rooting for Megamind from the start, which is really strange for me because I don’t usually root for the villain. I thought Megamind was interesting and he reminded me of the struggles many of us have faced growing up. Megamind, with his blue skin, didn’t fit in very well with the human kids. When it comes down to it, I think there is a little bit of Megamind in most of us. The ending was predictable, but I was caught off guard when something totally unexpected happened 20-30 minutes into the movie. Here’s something interesting I observed at the screening. Normally at an animation movie like this, there are more kids than adults. But at the screening of Megamind, there were about four adults for every child at the theatre.
Who’s in the movie?
The characters in the movie were voiced by Will Ferrell (Megamind), Brad Pitt (Metro Man), Tina Fey (Roxanne Ritchi), Jonah Hill (Tighten), David Cross (Minion), Justin Theroux (Bernard), Ben Stiller, Jessica Schulte, Tom McGrath, Emily Nordwind, J.K. Simmons, Ella Olivia Stiller, Quinn Dempsey Stiller, Brian Hopkins, and Christopher Knights.