Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Megamind: Blu Ray Review

Megamind: Blu Ray Review

Rating: PG
Released by Universal Pictures

Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt star in this animated outing which remains as impressive on the small screen as it did on the big.

Ferrell is big blue headed supervillain Megamind, a kind of cross between the Mars Attacks creatures and the Mekon. Dispatched from his dying planet by his parents, he begins a rivalry with Metroman (voiced by Brad Pitt), who was also sent from a dying world by family.

But unlike Metroman who landed in an estate with well to do parents, Megamind crashed into the penitentiary and was brought up as a villain.
After years of rivalry "where Metroman would win some battles, but I (Megamind) would almost win others," Megamind finally gains the upper hand and kills Metroman off.

However, after the initial thrill of dispatching his lifelong rival, ole Bluey realizes that his life is quite empty without someone to thwart his dastardly plans - and so conceives to give superpowers to a regular schlub to give him purpose in life.

There's much to enjoy here - with unexpected humour and great one liners through out (some of which will require a second viewing to really pick up on.)

There's also plenty of riffing on the Superman myth; right from the opening sequence to Megamind becoming a Brandoesque mentor to Hal when he gives him new powers. There's also some great visual gags peppering the film throughout - the best of which is an Obama inspired poster which amuses greatly.

Insane and amusing, it's a treat for all the family.

Extras: Behind the scenes, commentaries, games and a brand new short with the return of Megamind and minion.

Rating: 8/10

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