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PCR #554 (Vol. 11, No. 45). This edition is for the week of November 1--7, 2010.

This Week's PCR
Movie Review

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith

Movies are rated 0 to 4 stars

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"Megamind"  by Mike Smith
"Due Date" by Mike Smith
Dark Star: The Hyper-Drive Edition  by ED Tucker
Greatest American Ninja  by Jason Fetters
Passing On .... Movie Notes .... .... .... .... .... .... .... Mike's Record Shelf  by Mike Smith

Starring: the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, David Cross and Brad Pitt
Directed by: Tom McGrath
Rated: PG
Running Time: 1 hour 36 mins

We’re all familiar with the way superheroes and villains are treated on film. Sure, the bad guy sometimes gets the upper hand but in the end, good triumphs over evil. But what if that wasn’t the case. What if the Joker one-upped Batman? If Lex Luthor out-foxed Superman. Heavens to Mergatroid, what if the Green Goblin or Doc Ock or whoever he’ll be fighting in the next film beat Spider-Man? Or even more incredible, what if Megamind whooped up on Metro Man?

On a distant planet, two very different infants are set off on two very different journeys. While ones sleek rocket takes him to a life on earth full of greatness, the other one ends up on, shall we say, the wrong side of the tracks of life. As the two infants grow into young men, the already sizable gap between them grows, until, as adults, they become enemies: Metro Man (Pitt, sounding a lot like Matthew McConaughey), who fights for, as Perry White put it in “Superman Returns,” “truth, justice…all that stuff” and Megamind (Ferrell) who fights, mainly, to keep his face in the news. All goes well until Metro City (Megamind pronounces it “Metrosity”) decides to build and dedicate a museum to their caped hero. Megamind crashes the party and, horror upon horror, manages to destroy Metro Man. He’s now the big cheese, calling the shots and finding out that life without a nemesis is pretty darn boring.

Full of fun and eye-popping images, “Megamind” is what they used to call in the old days of television “side-splittingly funny.” This is thanks to a great script that pays homage to heroes of old (Superman, Captain Marvel) and a cast that gives its all vocally. The star here is Ferrell, who easily channels his personality into the big blue-headed baddie. Equally funny is Fey, as a Lois Lane-type reporter who has a thing for Metro Man and David Cross as Megamind’s assistant and Jiminy Cricket, Minion. Pitt is adequate in what is almost a cameo role, though as I mentioned it sometimes sounds as if Matthew McConaughey wandered into the recording studio and didn’t tell anyone. Visually, the film is brilliantly-rendered. I urge you to see it in 3D if you can. With this film, and this past summer’s “How To Train Your Dragon,” Dreamworks has shown itself as the studio to beat when it comes to animated 3D presentations.

On a scale of zero to five stars I give “Megamind”  

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