Wisely getting a headstart before Harry Potter takes over in a couple weeks, Megamind is actually not a bad family film. While not as deep and three dimensional as any of the Pixar films, it’s still an enjoyable hour and a half for adults and kids alike. Starting with the premise, “What would happen if the villain actually killed the hero?”, Megamind has fun with the ideas of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ without ever making you feel like you’re in some deep theological debate. Featuring the voices of Will Farrell (a good rebound after Land of the Lost), Tina Fey (solid as always), and Brad Pitt (on cruise control, but I don’t mean that as an insult), I don’t know if Megamind will do gangbusters numbers, but it should do well. There’s alot of in-references to Superman, both the hero’s mythology in general and the great movie that kicked off the superhero genre back in the late 70s. I did some research after I got home and found out the movie had even more references to comic book heroes that went way over my head.
The cynical side to me says the only thing that matters with this film is “Did it do well enough to earn a sequel?” The early numbers suggest maybe so, but whether it does or not, I think this film is enjoyable enough if you have little ones. Didn’t see it in 3D, so I don’t know if that enhances the experience (I highly doubt it).