Parents' Guide to

Megamind

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Clever animated superhero story is fun, not too scary.

Movie PG 2010 96 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 70 parent reviews

age 5+

Masterpiece.

This movie is a cinematic masterpiece. To put it at three stars is an honest understatement. Three stars is not giving this movie the glory it deserves. It is wonderfully animated and brilliantly casted. The dialogue is funny and witty and the plot is simply fantastic. The overall message is great and you can tell how much work went into this movie. It is beautifully crafted and wonderfully made. 5/5 stars.
age 2+

One of the best MCU movies

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (148 ):

Ferrell is a gifted comedian, and his voice acting is fabulous. His hilariously affected pronunciations -- he calls Metro City "MeTROcity," as if it rhymes with "Monstrosity," and says melancholy as "meLANcholy" -- and his earnest banter with Fey's Roxanne prove early on that he's a hero trapped in a villain's body. Pitt, meanwhile, doesn't have much to do except convince viewers that his voice belongs to the kind of shiny superhero who can juggle smiling babies and reduce the women in town to tears with the merest glimpse of his dimpled grin. Not a hard job to do -- when you're Brad Pitt! Cross and Hill are amusing as sidekick and nemesis, respectively, but the all-star cast can't make up for the fact that the story falls a bit flat after Metro Man is defeated. Part of it is the boredom that Megamind feels, but another part is just slow -- even if there are plenty of laughs.

The music, for example, is a cliched playlist of rock favorites like Back in Black, Highway to Hell, and Welcome to the Jungle. All are great classics, but haven't we already heard them in plenty of other movies? Considering how original the Pharrell WIlliams soundtrack was on the similarly themed Despicable Me, these predictable (albeit instantly recognizable) choices seemed lazily selected. And that's the movie's overall problem: It's fun and funny, but it's not remarkable. It's not the kind of animated movie that will inspire Halloween costumes or repeat viewings on the family room DVD player.

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