Fulfilling Your Destiny
Will Ferrell vs. Brad Pitt, in the ultimate cartoon superhero and super villain showdown that the world has never seen before. For those of you who probably seen a lot of superhero films, in the past, then you should know the drill. There's an evil diabolical genius, Megamind (Will Ferrell), as well as the stoic hero in Metro Man (Brad Pitt). Of course, we also have our lovely damsel in distress, Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey). Villain launches diabolical scheme to not only take over the city, but kidnaps the girl as well, then the hero swoops in and defeats the evil villain and saves the day. Am I right? Or am I right? However, "Megamind" isn't your typical superhero movie, as the old saying goes, "Never judge a book by it's cover."
Unlike most superhero movies, there's a pretty big twist in the roles and personality of it's characters, as it shows you don't have to be what people made you out to be. That in life, it's all about choices. Confused? Well let's start back at the beginning of the story, before I delve in deeper into what I mean by all this.
Megamind and Metro Man were both aliens escaping their home planets, as babies, when both their worlds were being sucked into a black hole. Both coincidentally landing on Earth, where their new found rivalry would begin to ensue. Metro Man seemingly being granted every possible advantage in life to be a hero, as he has the fortune of being adopted by a rich and prestigious family. Whereas Megamind, he lands in a Federal Prison, where he's raised by all sorts of criminals.
Now, one would think a baby would be in a lot of danger growing up in this type of environment, but this is a family film, so you know nothing bad is ever going to happen to a baby, in this type of movie. No, no, no, he just grows up learning to be a villain. Heck, even when Megamind tries to fit in at public school, his classmates make fun of him. Megamind is rejected in school, as his only friend is his pet fish, Minion (David Cross). Unlike his classmate and soon to be rival, Metro Man, who possessed the powers similar to that of Superman, Megamind's only super power was his vast super intelligence. When he tries to use his inventions to impress his classmates, something goes wrong, and he ends up getting in trouble for it again. Sadly, that wasn't enough to impress his classmates, as they were too busy awing Metro Man's amazing god-like abilities. It was then that Megamind comes to the conclusion that he'll never be accepted in society for who he is, so he does the one thing he presumes to be good at....being a bad guy.
From here, the story shifts about twenty years later, where Metro Man and Megamind have been fighting a long drudged out rivalry for years; with each battle growing more elaborate than the last. As Megamind puts it, "He would win some, and I would almost win others." Needless to say, this would become somewhat of a redundant routine over the years. Where Megamind would kidnap Roxanne and try to take over the city, in an attempt to challenge Metro Man again. Metro Man would swoop in to save the day, and escort Megamind back to prison again repeatedly.
However, things change when Megamind unleashes perhaps his greatest plan of all. A plan so devious and clever that he allegedly destroys his nemesis, Metro Man, once and for all. What does a super villain do when they vanquish a hero? Take over the city perhaps? World domination? Enslaving the rest of humanity? Or just merely destroy the entire world? Well, if you guessed any of these, then you'd be wrong. Sure, Megamind takes over the city; once he allegedly kills Metro Man, but there's something missing. For you see, he lived his whole life trying to destroy Metro Man; a rare feat he doubted he'd ever achieve. Now that he finally got what he wanted, what else is there? He has no real friends outside his accomplice, Minion, nor does the thought killing Metro Man bring him any type of joy. If anything, he misses his elaborate battles with his nemesis, as he's unsure of what to do with his life now. I guess this is what they mean by being careful what you wish for, huh?
This later prompts Megamind to create another superhero to replace him. Thinking that he'll simply use Metro Man's DNA to give an ordinary human powers, so he can finally have a purpose again. Unfortunately, like all of Megamind's previous experiments, this one doesn't turn out as planned. For you see, the new superhero, "Tighten (Jonah Hill)", has no interest in becoming a hero with his new found Superman-type powers. No, he'd rather use it to take over the world, and destroy anything that stands in his way. It's from here that Megamind decides to become a superhero, in order to stop his latest creation from succeeding in his quest for global domination.
I could delve more into the story, but you get the basic idea. Besides, I have to leave some stuff a mystery for you people reading this. For those of you expecting this to be your typical superhero movie, then I'm afraid you'll be disappointed. "Megamind" isn't your typical superhero film, nor is it your traditional animated one either.
If anything, I'd probably have to compare this more along the same lines as the first, "Shrek" movie." You know the one where the Ogre discovered that it doesn't matter what you look like, or what everyone thinks you are, you can always be who you choose to be, and it's what's on the inside that counts. Anyone remember that? Well such is the case with the film, "Megamind", as it shows that just because society labels you a freak and a bad person, it doesn't mean you have to be a bad guy. Nor does it mean that just because you have awesome super powers, it doesn't obligate you to spend the rest of your life being a public servant. No, we are who we choose to be, as life is all about choices. To quote Shakespeare, "The choices we make, dictate the lives we lead..." Words to live by, as "Megamind" does a great job playing on that concept. Sure, it may not be as original as when "Shrek" used that same concept, but it's still a powerful message that kids these days need to learn.
Sure, I'll be the first to admit that this story is a tad predictable, as the film does fall into a few superhero movie cliches, but it does leave a lot of unique plot twists and surprises to keep it interesting. By now, I guess one could say that I did like this movie's story a lot, and the visuals aren't bad either. If you can afford to see this film in 3-D, then I'd highly recommend it, as the 3-D visuals are literally that freaking good. If not, then that's okay, as the movie is great regardless if you see it in 3-D or not.
Overall, I'd have to give "Megamind" a three out of four. The concept may not be original, but it's still a solid movie. One that I'm sure many families will love to see, as the theme about the choices we make in life dictating our lives, and not what others perceive us to be, is a life lesson that I'm sure all parents would want their children to learn...