Family Movie Review: Megamind

"Destiny is not the path given to us, but the path we choose for ourselves."

Going back a few years for this one, but, Dreamworks' Megamind is one of those hidden gems, a delight among feature animated films that needs some recognition.  My sons received this DVD a few years ago and knew very little about it.  Therefore, they resisted watching it for a long time. However, once I convinced them to sit down and watch it with me, it became an instant favorite. Therefore, when my 10-year-old and I decided to watch this one again the other night, even my middle-school son couldn't help but sit down and watch it with us......and laugh throughout!

When two infant superpowers from nearby galaxies fall to earth, their lives collide. They become destined to grow up as archenemies in the ultimate battle of Good vs. Evil. However, in a bizarre twist, it is our hero, Metro Man (Brad Pitt), that comes across as a pompous jerk, while our villain, make that our SUPER-villain, Megamind (Will Ferrell), is likable with a certain undeniable charm.

When Megamind finally succeeds in defeating his nemesis, he quickly realizes it's no fun being a super-villain without a superhero to fight.

"What's the point of being bad when there's no good to try and stop you?"

When his creation of a new superhero goes terribly wrong, Megamind discovers his true purpose and finds love along the way.  In fact, I'll go as far as to say this is the sweetest animated love story since Beauty and the Beast, but with a comical flair that only Ferrell and Tina Fey (who portrays his love-interest, Roxanne Ritchie) can bring.

In the end we learn that it's what lies in our hearts that truly make us a hero or a villain. 

With a clever screenplay, the added talents of David Cross, Ben Stiller and several more, along with great music and fun dance sequences, Megamind is a fabulous film suitable for the entire family. This film is rated PG for action and some language.

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