Family-Faith Film Review: Megamind
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting
Megamind: Generally endearing 3-D animated adventure about a good-hearted, perpetually inept alien villain (voice of Will Ferrell) who, with the aid of his trusty assistant (voice of David Cross), finally defeats his longtime superhero rival (voice of Brad Pitt), also a visitor to Earth, only to find that mastery of the city the good guy once protected is not all he had dreamed. Though the bored scamp’s scheme to create a new adversary for himself goes awry when he accidentally endows an ordinary cameraman (voice of Jonah Hill) with superhuman powers, the possibility of winning the love of the charming TV reporter (voice of Tina Fey) by whom both are smitten offers the not-so-naughty knave hope of ultimate redemption. The occasional indulgence in mild bathroom humor is outweighed, in director Tom McGrath’s diverting, if not strikingly original, tale, by worthy lessons about making positive use of talents and abilities and about the dangers of allowing others to define who you are. Scenes of peril, a few touches of crude humor, a bit of slightly crass language. A-II — adults and adolescents. (PG) 2010
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