Love Letter to Megamind

No, I’m not having relations with another man… I’m talking about a certain big-headed blue alien of recent movie fame! Why doesn’t anyone seem to care about Megamind? I’m going to say it right now, loud and clear: Megamind is the best animated film I’ve seen in a long time! Rango? Meh. Despicable Me? Saw that yesterday. Eh. Toy Story 3? Cute, made me cry… But no. How to Train Your Dragon? Good, but it just can’t hold its own when compared to Megamind. Granted, I have yet to see Tangled, which everyone is raving about, but somehow I doubt I will be able to say I enjoyed it more than I enjoyed Megamind.

So what’s so good about Megamind, you ask? First and foremost, beyond anything else, Megamind is hilarious. My husband and I went to see it in theaters for my birthday back in December and were oh-so-pleasantly surprised by what a funny film it was. Just the other day we popped a rental copy in the DVD player and found, to our glee, that it was just as funny, if not more so, than the first time we watched it.

After much thought and deliberation about what makes the humor in Megamind stand out from other similar films (Despicable Me, I’m looking at you), I’ve come to the realization that Megamind is a lot more adult, and I dare say, sophisticated, than many other recent animated films. There’s very little slapstick comedy–instead, the humor is largely dialogue-based, and the script is brilliantly written. The comedic voice actors such as Will Ferrell and Tina Fey really went wild with it, and it shows.

This brings me to my next point: Megamind has great characters. I think almost everyone who likes Megamind would agree that you don’t watch it so much for the story, you watch it for the characters. Will Ferrell is a genius as Megamind, and I don’t even like Will Ferrell. He and his minion, referred to as, well, Minion, have some great interactions that are just hilarious to watch. Brad Pit does a perfect satire of the classic superhero as Metro Man, the hero Megamind is always at odds with. And let’s not forget Titan–the true villain of the story, whose awkward, stalker-like behavior towards the Lois Lane-inspired female lead is at times both gut-wrenchingly funny and cringe worthy. His character is the first to make me feel genuinely creeped-out by an animated villain in a long, long time.

If there’s so much going for Megamind, why don’t we see more people raving about it? This is a question that plagues myself, my husband, and many other fans of the film. Granted, the film did pretty well in the box office and for its DVD release, but it still feels under-appreciated. The first reason could be chalked up to poor marketing. I, perhaps fortunately, only ever saw the teaser trailer, and not the full trailer, for the film. From what I’ve heard in cyberspace, subsequent trailers basically give away a main plot point of the film, leaving little up to the viewer’s imagination before they actually go see the movie.

Megamind seems to be plagued from start to finish with bad advertising decisions, as even with the DVD release we can see major discrepancies in the representation of the film from just the DVD cover alone. First and most notably, Megamind doesn’t have a goatee anywhere on the cover. Come to think of it, in almost all of the promotional material he appears sans goatee. In the film, he clearly has one. This may seem like a cosmetic mishap, but I think it appropriately illustrates the lack of attention that was spent on advertising the film. Not only that, the Minion on the back cover of the DVD is shown carrying a bazooka, something that also never appears in the film. What gives?

Megamind as he appears in the film

Perhaps Megamind just wasn’t released at the right time. At first glance, it appears to have many similarities with Despicable Me, which seems to have done much better in the box office. Maybe it was too smart for its own good. While advertised as a relatively average kids’ film, Megamind has a sensibility that I’m sure many adults would appreciate, but perhaps alienates some of the younger viewers.

If anything, I urge anyone who enjoys a good superhero film to rush to your video store and rent Megamind as soon as you can. It puts a great spin on the traditional superhero flick, in more ways than one. And to anyone else who enjoys a good laugh–I can’t guarantee you’ll love the sense of humor Megamind brings to the table, but if you like Will Ferrell, I see no reason why you won’t be charmed by Megamind’s character, even if he is an animated blue alien.

Have you seen Megamind? Love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments! And if, after reading this, you’ve been inspired to check it out for yourself, please let me know what you think! Thanks for reading!

About Anne Lee

Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.

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  • like the review, have to see the movie now!

  • Yay, appreciation for Megamind!

    I just watched Despicable Me a few days ago and Megamind last night, and MM totally blows Despicable out of the water. SO much more clever, and way less reliance on slapstick than a lot of animated movies (WAY less than Despicable– the idiotic moment with the villain rubbing his keyboard on his butt comes to mind– ugh…), in favor of really witty dialogue.

    And yeah, Jonah Hill’s character — eww! A VERY effective villain, I thought…

  • doramitchell- Thanks for the comment! I definitely agree with you about the reliance on slapstick in movies such as Despicable Me. It’s too bad DM seemed to garner more attention than MM overall.

  • Anonymous

    Hi
    wow thank god a review that isn’t from a blind moron. Why are all the official reviews by critics so poor. I read reviews all saying ‘not as funny as it should be’ not as sophisticated as despicable me or the incredibles! too much dialogue not enough action? not original? I mean people are saying dialogue clumsy and not good superhero film.

    I really really don’t get this.

    Ok maybe it was bad advertising. I saw an advert for this and thought that looks so crap and done to death another lazy kids film. So maybe thats what people who went to see it like and hence didn’t like it.

    As a kids film maybe its not so good maybe the dialogue, which many complained about, was over the head of kids and they got bored. the jokes are fast and witty and perhaps too grown up for kids.

    As for superhero movies. I could take them or leave them. I’m rather sick of superhero films and the genre is a little weird to me yet I love megamind so maybe it bastardises hero films hence hero lovers hate it.

    As for unoriginal: this might be true but if the original versions are crap and this finally gets it right does that not make it original.

    Perhaps megamind just appeals to pervs because everyone who loves it fancies the pants of megamind. I know i do. damn the animation is good. his super slim physique and tight rockstar leather, big green eyes, satanic goatee. YUM! ok maybe if you don’t have that emotion the rest of the movie drops away i notice alot more women like it than men or kids ….(whispers its cas they want megamind’s babies…ouch that would hurt)

    I don’t even like will ferrell never found him funny. my god i couldn’t believe that was his voice. megamind is so funny and charming and silly his voice drips with sexiness bloody hell.

    I hate steve carrell too and despicable me had great advertising and was dull as dishwater. what happened in that film? nothing. i dont like children. i love how there were no kids in megamind maybe kids lacked something to relate to in this movie. the incredibles was dull i felt no emotion for the characters. i only like a film when the characters are likable and very few films get me liking the characters. megamind is perfect mix of action, romance, comedy and sexiness and rock music. It lacks nothing….except actual sex scene but thats what fanfic is for! i hate madagascar so why all the reviews say that was better of the creators work. it was shit. ben stiller is not funny.
    Megamind is my favourite film it cheers me up. Its incredible.

  • Hello anon!

    Wow, thank you for the amazing comment! I’m glad you liked my “review.” I still to this day do not really understand why Megamind didn’t receive more praise. I *finally* got the Blu Ray this Christmas and I am so happy to finally own it!

    I never really liked Will Ferrell, either! His movies never really did it for me, but he does an awesome job with Megamind. Did you hear that Megamind’s bad pronunciation was actually brought about by Will Ferrell ad-libbing? It’s amazing that such a big part of his character came about that way!

    I have to say, have you heard of the Megamind community on Livejournal? I don’t really use LJ much these days but there are a lot of ladies in the community who you would probably get on very well with 🙂 They share a lot of great fanfiction and fanart, too! If you’re not a member you should totally check it out.

  • Anonymous

    I love the movie its the best, i dont find movies all that funny hard to get into for me, but this movie encouraged a lil thinking because it had a fresh feel to it, if that makes any sense. Existential ideas.

  • Anonymous

    I left the previous comment, and i gotta say megamind was the best part of the whole movie, it was on tv tonight and i watched it for the first time, and now im watching it for the second time, haha.
    I didnt like metroman until I found out he faked his death. Because he was unrelatable and essentially the ideal hero at the time, however megamind was an impulsive villian who is incredibly smart. I could more easily relate to megamind from the beginning. After he apparently defeats metroman he becomes the most relatable, through getting everything he set out to get, he eventually became unsatisfied. He comes to realize the finish line isnt everything, and he longs for his old life and becomes desperate and determined to recreate his past. By trying to create a new hero, he creates a new villain. Megamind is faced with a decision to join with tighten or fight him, his hand is forced when roxanne is kidnapped and he battles tighten And megamind becomes the true hero in the end for real reasons. There is interesting adventure in the story and it is way better than alot of other animated movies. Also without the good dialogue the story wouldnt get across as easy, so the good dialogue really makes the movie great.

    Sorry i didnt mention your review at all I loved it and happy i found some review online that genuinely liked the movie, because i was starting to think that it was a mistake looking online, almost like finding reasons(not good reasons tho) to dislike what you are liking. Im very happy i found your review, and im sorry i didnt mean to type so much.

  • apricotsushi

    I got a lovely comment from an anon that I can’t get to show up on the page for some reason… I really appreciate them taking the time to write it, so I’m going to copy+paste it here! It’s in two parts:

    “I love the movie its the best, i dont find movies all that funny hard to get into for me, but this movie encouraged a lil thinking because it had a fresh feel to it, if that makes any sense. Existential ideas.”

    Part 2:

    “I left the previous comment, and i gotta say megamind was the best part of the whole movie, it was on tv tonight and i watched it for the first time, and now im watching it for the second time, haha. I didnt like metroman until I found out he faked his death. Because he was unrelatable and essentially the ideal hero at the time, however megamind was an impulsive villian who is incredibly smart. I could more easily relate to megamind from the beginning. After he apparently defeats metroman he becomes the most relatable, through getting everything he set out to get, he eventually became unsatisfied. He comes to realize the finish line isnt everything, and he longs for his old life and becomes desperate and determined to recreate his past. By trying to create a new hero, he creates a new villain. Megamind is faced with a decision to join with tighten or fight him, his hand is forced when roxanne is kidnapped and he battles tighten And megamind becomes the true hero in the end for real reasons. There is interesting adventure in the story and it is way better than alot of other animated movies. Also without the good dialogue the story wouldnt get across as easy, so the good dialogue really makes the movie great.

    Sorry i didnt mention your review at all I loved it and happy i found some review online that genuinely liked the movie, because i was starting to think that it was a mistake looking online, almost like finding reasons(not good reasons tho) to dislike what you are liking. Im very happy i found your review, and im sorry i didnt mean to type so much.”

    Thanks again, anon, and I’m sorry your comment didn’t show up! If you ever come back and read this, I’m really glad that you found my post interesting and that you enjoyed the movie. It’s sad to think it’ll probably never get a sequel!

  • Marianne

    Well, today – 3 years later (it’s 3 years, right??) I watched this movie again. On internet, I was bored and searched for some movie to watch. I found Megamind, realised, I don’t know what it was about (almost. I knew it was about villain who became good). I watched it again. I laughed, I smiled, I smirked and, well, I’ll just say it – almost cried. I saw it first as 10 years old girl. Now I’m 14.
    Maybe you are right. Maybe kids didn’t get it and everyone forgot the movie. What a shame it doesn’t have a sequel. I adore it. TOTALLY.

  • apricotsushi

    Thanks for your comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the movie. It’s still one of my favorites and I watch it at least every 6 months 😀

  • Elizabeth

    Hi! I really enjoyed Megamind, and wonder why its not as popular. My friend got me to watch it with her when it first came out and it was outstanding. That being said, I didn’t see any of the trailers or covers until just recently after I had gotten curious when I had re-watched it. A lot of things in the trailer seemed to be different from the movie, like you mentioned. I wish there were more animated movies like this that adults could relate to, but to be honest I think Megamind is just one of a kind movie!

    • Thanks for your comment! It’s always fun to hear from other Megamind fans 🙂 It really is one of a kind!