Megamind, not just for kids

Megamind is an animated superhero parody that is more for the adult audience than it is for children.  Children will certainly miss all of the pop culture references, as there is a Marlon Brando impersonation, Obama jibes, Karate Kid references, and just loads of lampooning intended for older audiences.

Brad Pitt plays the classic American Superhero in caricature, as Metro Man.  Will Ferrell portrays the villainous Megamind who, surprise, wants to rule the world.  Tina Fey is the steamy reporter and Jonah Hill is well cast as her fawning sidekick and cameraman, Hal.  Megamind’s chief minion is a character played by David Cross that is part ape and part fish.

All of the action takes place in a concrete metropolis called Metro City. In spoofing its predecessor superhero movies, Megamind unabashedly borrows from them.  As in the start of the movie, which is very nearly a direct theft of the start of Superman.

Megamind is evil because he likes doing bad things every bit as much as his DNA has hard-wired him for it.  His character is a hilarious combination of Lex Luthor’s inventive skill and Wile E. Coyote’s luck.

Amidst all of this blundering badness, he cannot raise a shriek out of Roxanne, the reporter who has seen it all. Battling the badness is the just too perfect Metro Man, a superhero who is all brawn and no brain.

The formula for the film is certainly nothing new, just like the soundtrack, but even though it is rehashed schtick, you almost can’t help but like it.  Indeed, it’s hard to lose with lines from screenwriters Brent Simons and Alan Schoolcraft.  Of course, director Tom McGrath brings his unique energy to bear on the film as well.