By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic)
Equal parts witty and delightfully silly, Megamind was, for me, a welcome surprise. I passed on it in theatres; the “aspiring super-villain with a heart of gold” premise had already been recently explored to memorable effect in Despicable Me and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and this didn’t seem to add anything new. Good word of mouth led me to give it a look, and I’m happy to report that this is one of the best of a recent slew of family films. It boasts detail-rich animation (dynamically exploiting cinematography that would be impossible with an actual camera), a razor-sharp script that turns superhero clichés on their head (and puts to good use the A-list vocal talents of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and David Cross), and perfect use of classic rock to accentuate the lead character’s attitude. Megamind is available for purchase onDVDandBlu-ray. (GRADE: A-)
Megamind is rated PG. It contains superhero violence and mayhem, as well as some mild language (“I’m going to kick your butt,” etc). It is, thankfully, free of the crass innuendos snuck into some other recent family films.
MESSAGES TO DISCUSS
There is no happiness in doing evil; happiness comes from doing what is right. There must be opposition in all things; without evil, there can be no good, and similarly where there is evil good will rise up against it.
For another fantastic supervillain comedy check out Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog!
Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality.