“Megamind” is one of those delightful animated films that has enough action and slapstick to keep the rug rats occupied, but also enough drama, character, and in jokes to entertain the adults. One can compare it favorably to “The Incredibles.”
Spoilers may follow.
“Megamind” turns the super hero/super villain genre upside down by telling the story from the point of view of the villain, a blue alien named “Megamind” who has apparently been fighting his arch nemesis “Metro Man” for many years. The conflict seems to have fallen into a pattern. Megamind kidnaps the beauteous Roxanne Ritchi as part of a complicated plot to take over Metro City. Metro Man defeats his evil plans and throws him into jail. Sometime later Megamind escapes from jail and then pattern repeats.
Then, unexpectedly and inexplicably, Megamind defeats Metro Man. Now what?
With Metro City prostrate at his feet, Megamind finds that having is not quite as sweet as wanting. His whole purpose was the eternal battle with Metro Man and without it, well, whom the Gods would destroy, first they make him bored.
So Megamind seeks to create a new superhero for him to do battle with. Things, of course, go quite a bit wrong, as do most of Megamind’s schemes. In a twist, it turns out that the very existence of Metro City will depend on Megamind becoming an unexpected hero.
Will Farrell voices Megamind as a kind of tormented villain who has had issues from a bad childhood and an overweening sense of destiny, which for him is to be feared rather than loved. Brad Pitt is a conceited, but essentially decent Metro Man who uses his god-like powers for good. Tina Fey is sexy and cute, in a sort of impetuous girl reporter kind of way, as Roxanne.
“Megamind” steals a lot from the super hero mythos, especially Superman. There are also plenty of in jokes, including a nice tweak of the current President, someone who would make a great super villain if he had any kind of powers.
“Megamind” has plenty of subtext. It mulls on the themes of with great power goes great responsibility as well as no one is so evil that he cannot be redeemed giving the right circumstances and choices. All of that may go in one eye and out the other for the kids, but it is something that the adults can understand and appreciate.
Source: Megamind, IMDB