Megamind and why I always root for the villains, underdogs etc.
3D movies are starting to get more interesting lately. There was a time when I wouldn’t even bother, since I didn’t really appreciate 3D (even in my video games) up until James Cameron’s Avatar and Toy Story 3. Anyway, due to my need to unwind, I ended up lining up for Megamind movie tickets.
I loved every second of it! Will Ferrell as the misunderstood villain and Brad Pitt as the narcissistic super hero are nothing short of brilliant. I was not prepared to find myself relating to Megamind’s childhood experiences. As a kid, I had to go through numerous bullies and I always fought back…so basically, the bullies would either end up with bloodied noses or totally without their front teeth. Aaaaaand I would end up in the principal’s office, not given a chance to explain my side because hey, I was not the one with the bloodied nose or missing teeth. (Take note, they were mostly boys. I kind of find it hilarious now, imagining how a little girl was berated by the principal for beating up a bunch of rowdy boys.) Of course, that’s not exactly what happened to Megamind, but I know what it’s like to feel left out or to be on the other of the fence.
I guess this is also the same reason why I sympathize with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (despite all the Princess Diana fans), Michael Jackson (back when he was still being labeled a pedo), and Mary Magdalene. We don’t know the entire story and many fragments of their lives are largely based on speculation.
Anyway, besides Pitt and Ferrell, Tina Fey as frequently kidnapped reporter Roxanne Ritchie, is just as witty and awe-inspiring. I absolutely loved the characters’ interaction, the dialogues, plus the animators’ attention to detail (well, there were a few things here and there — like glitchy walk cycles — but they’re negligible to non-animators and would likely be improved in the DVD release).
Catch this on the big screen if you still can. Highly recommended!