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Harry is delighted that MEGAMIND touches on the essence of evil in such a deliciously good way!

I saw MEGAMIND a very long time ago now it seems. For a time I was told I had to hold my review, then when I got the ok to write it, well... it got crazy busy. That's what happens sometimes when I don't write something up immediately, but like most of the AICN staff... I am so used to writing directly and instantly for the site with the freshest and purest of enthusiasm, that when I'm told to not share... it takes a certain amount of wind out of my sails. Then today, this really large box that practically weighed nothing arrived from TECHNICOLOR. When I opened it up, it was a... well, look:

That's right, it's a headpiece so that you too could be Megamind. And as I picked it up and squeezed my abnormally enormous skull into it snuggly, I found myself thinking about the film. Pondering whether or not I should review it tonight, at last as I took that picture I was reminded of how much I loved the film. It makes you feel like that photo. Like being evil for being deliciously evil's sake. A lot of focus has been placed on the title character played by Will Ferrell, and of course the world buzzes about everything Brad Pitt does. I've even seen pieces written on how Tina Fey flips the Lois Lane persona on its ear. And don't get me wrong, Will Ferrell's MEGAMIND is brilliantly bad. Well, that might be a poor choice of phrasing, but it wouldn't be the first time. I mean that with the utmost positive enthusiasm. MEGAMIND is kind of close to the 1950's and early 1960's version of Lex Luthor. You know, back when Luthor was a forever sworn enemy of SUPERMAN because when they were both boys and Lex tried to cure Superboy of his allergic reaction to Kryptonite. And the resulting fire, when blown out resulted in Lex's hair being doused by the chemical smoke, then when Superboy blew it out, he became BALD... for life! Now, that's pretty dang silly, in many ways though, that's this movie. Brad Pitt's Metro Man was the popular alien from another planet. He was always perfect, always looked up to. He was raised in an good family, Megamind? He was raised in prison, outrageously enough. They've grown up fighting. Tina Fey's Roxanne Ritchi was the damsel in distress that Pitt's Metro Man protected, and who she was quite fond of. But when one day Megamind defeats Metro Man in a rather definitive manner... Mega no longer has a foe. This brings me to my two favorite characters of the film. Tighten (Jonah Hill) and Minion (David Cross). FIrst, we have Minion, who was given to Mega, when he was but a little blue bulbous-headed baby. Minion was, exactly that, a devoted and useful assistant for this orphan's entire life. Minion is remarkably durable and faithfully loving to Will's large head. But there's a quirky to his design, his manner. Something familiar. Then there's Tighten, and Jonah Hill really has the peach of a character. As the "warped Jimmy Olsen" of this particular Superhero story, he's kind of awesome. Tighten is a bit of a Pear shaped kinda guy. Has unruly red hair. Is a bit of an obsessive nerd geek, that dreams of banging (inferred, but never explicitly) the object of his lens. That's right, this Jimmy has the hots for his Lois. But also like those awesome 50-60 year old Superman stories with Jimmy, something happens to change Jonah's Tighten into something All-powerful... and because he's a petty and selfish lazy turd... who happens to be all powerful, he goes a bit nuts - and he's geniunely disturbing. He feels more finely motivated than pretty much any character I've encountered in the DREAMWORKS ANIMATED universe. He actually makes SYNDROME seem like a cartoon by comparison, though the whole of THE INCREDIBLES is vastly superior. That isn't to say there's much wrong with MEGAMIND, it's just ultimately I just prefer that film. That story involved me more. But ya know... this film is evil in the way that the HAUNTED MANSION or PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN rides at Disneyland are evil. You know... Vincent Price naughty. There's a glee to the evil. There is a Snidely Whiplash flair to MEGAMIND, whereas Jonah Hill's Tighten is more realistically evilly motivated. But that's what I love. More than that, I love that the romance that kicks up between Megamind and Tina Fey's Roxanne Ritchi is somewhat reasonable to me. But what I love to death is the entire last act. It goes absolutely huge with spectacle. The type of destruction and cataclysm that very few Superhero films have even aluded to. It really is quite a bit of fun. How was the 3D? Pretty spectacular... though there's no moments that literally took my breath away, like that romantic Dragon flight in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. That use of 3D was truly WOW-inducing. As the film ended I saw a credit that I had forgotten existed on this film, and that was that Guillermo Del Toro was a consultant upon the movie. I'd be very curious to chat with Guillermo about his suggestions and changes he might have influenced, because there seemed some pretty strong brush strokes that feel like his hand might've played a part in. I suppose, that's really what I wasn't expecting. There's a nice simple honesty to the characters, a genuine inspired bit of design, especially with Minion and Tighten. For a Studio created "Superhero" character story... I actually would love to see these characters in the comics. Just imagine a hero that had to fight his naturally dark sense of humor and tinge of residual evil in a bi-species relationship. I'd read. I suppose that's a good thing, I would like to see more of these characters. With this and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, this is the first year where I genuinely prefer the Dreamworks animated films to the Pixar one, and that is stunning. But I think that's just cuz the TOY STORY universe just didn't quite make me love the third one. I actually think that TOY STORY 3 is a better movie than MEGAMIND, but I have to admit, I did enjoy MEGAMIND more. Which is an odd distinction. I do think it is kind of hilarious that we have two movies opening this weekend that play with the Bad Guys. I just wish FOUR LIONS would be seen by as many as this. That really is a remarkable film.

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  • Nov. 5, 2010, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Bite me Will Ferrell

    by Iowa Snot Client


  • Nov. 5, 2010, 6:18 a.m. CST

    I'm surprised

    by macheesmo3

    The trailers for this made it look kinda meh.... not really just awful, but not up to the Pixar level of good...... But Harry, luv ya big feller, but sometimes I don't trust you cuz you just love everything!!!!

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Del Toro did a little work on this, huh?

    by terry1978

    I confess I am curious how that played out. Though there are a few things in the flick that do seem to have his trademark, like the entire concept of Minion.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Definitely won't be seeing this.

    by vorlonkosh

    Will Ferrell sucks. This is going to be another run of the mill CGI blah. Dragon was good, TS3 was good. I'll be dragged to this by my kids, but this one has shit written all over it.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 6:37 a.m. CST

    How embargoes work

    by Lloytron

    You see the movie, write the review and then publish it when the embargo lifts.<p>you don't have to wait weeks before writing the thing and then forget to upload it.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST

    you enjoyed this more then Toy story 3?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    what Harry meant to say is that dreamworks paid him more then disney did

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Sounds like The Incredibles

    by KarlKolchak

    Sidekick turns evil. That's the best they could come up with? Seeings how fat nerds are the main users of this site and represent a large portion of potential ticket, DVD and Blu-ray buyers, you'd think they would have come up with another type of villain. Just sayin'.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST


    by OldDickLemon

    Find and read Harry's Toy Story 3 review, it's truly quite embarrassing.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Better than Toy Story 3??

    by lock67ca

    The check cleared. Just keep flushing your credibility down the crapper Harry.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST

    I'm so glad they sent you some bribe toys, Harry!

    by ricarleite2

    Good for you! And the fact you enjoyed this crap more than Toy Story 3 or, obviously, Inception, just confirms how much of an idiot you are, and how much we should just LAUGH at your attempts to write reviews and inflate you ego.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST


    by Jardinier

    DRAGON was teenage wish-fulfilment, MEGAMIND a comic-book movie with a "twist" for those accustomed to traditional superhero stories. TOY STORY 3 (and 2) railed against exactly the kind of immature man-children who like that kind of stuff.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST

    His toy story 3 review was totally an embarasment

    by Redhead_Redemption

    It really made me shake my head and reconsider why i even bother with a Harry review, I mean it's such an emotional ending and Harry is concerned that the kid won't have his toys anymore. He entirley missed the point about andy handing over his memories to a younger person so that she can make her own memories. It's called growing up but in Harry's world it's ok to be in your 30's and still play with toys<P>Harry's interpretation of movies is kind of puzzling, it's almost as if you doesn't understand story but he's more concerned about what he thinks is actually happening.<P>every reviewer is entitled to their opinion of course, but Harry just seems like someone that would piss me off in real life if we ever started talking about movies

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 7:37 a.m. CST

    "you'r one

    by klytusnotdead

    ugly motherfuker"...J/K.end of lne.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Of Course....

    by benlinus

    Another GLOWING Harry review for a shit movie......EPIC FAIL! Under 70 on RT

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Bond back in business???

    by Aphex Twin

    Sorry for being off-topic, but seeing how Harry is behind the times with scoops: </p>

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST


    by lochkray

    In Harry's defence, its all just rumor mill still (didn't read your attachment, sorry, just in case its more concrete than what I've heard. Virus paranoia). As I understand it, we're not at Hobbit level green light yet - and I won't believe it until Daniel Craig is in front of a camera, driving an austin martin, sipping a vodka martini, identifying his surname, before advising of his given, and then repeating his surname. Then my James Bond joy-metre will go up. (and those things damn well better happen in this one. AND BUY A FUCKING DOLLY FOR THE FUCKING CAMERA IN THE NEXT ONE...shakey-cam crap). Oh, and yeah, Megamind. I'll let my wife take the kids to that one. Harry didn't convice me. Sorry big fella.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Jesus Christ Harry

    by Saint Andeol

    you know, you can learn how to write above a 3rd grade level and still maintain whatever "unique writing voice" you think you have, it seems like you're using it as an excuse to not learn how to use punctuation or construct proper sentences.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Pear-shaped redhead? Tighten is HARRY!!!

    by impossibledreamers


  • Nov. 5, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST


    by Aphex Twin

    From my understanding of reading the articles it seems that MGM's recent bankruptcy filing ironically makes Bond more probable. Seems like they want 'another party' to cover production expenses of Bond 23, but they seem dedicated to get Bond out by Nov 2012 with films to follow every other year. The bankruptcy filing officially killed the Lions Gate takeover also. We'll see I guess...

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Tina Fey's character design is uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugly

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    When did they hire Steve Brodner as a character designer? And why is it that it's virtually impossible to create an attractive female character in CGI? Rapunzel from Tangled (HORRIBLE title) looks pretty cute, though, so it's probably a Dreamworks thing.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Star power does not a good animated film make

    by bah

    I don't put a lot of faith in animated movies that have to push who the off-camera celebrities are. Which is just about every non-Pixar one.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    AICN staff! Do some fucking work! Bond seems to be saved!

    by ricarleite2

    Confirm the fact! NOW!

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Sometimes the selections for movie reviews on this site...

    by Mummy_Under_Your_Bed

    Sometimes what Harry reviews for this site and what he DOESN'T is mindboggling. We get a review for this Megamind piece of junk, but how long did we wait for an Inception review? How many other movies come out every week that we don't get a review for. I mean, I'm fine with there being a review for it on this site since a lot of AICNers have kids, but Due Date also comes out this weekend. Where's the review, Harry? Paranormal Activity 2, Saw 3D and Monsters came out last weekend... where are the reviews, Harry? Is this your homework, Larry?

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Megamind is pretty good

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Saw it two weeks back. Dreamworks is starting to catch up with Pixar. And in two weeks, Disney will rock faces with Tangled, which I saw last night, and which is splendid entry in the McMouse canon of "princess movies," but which really does make good use of the 3d. It's a stunning picture to look at. I wanted to rub one out.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    A lot of it depends on which studios are offering press screenings for which movies, and when. 'Course, once a flick is in wide release there's no good reason why a respectable journalist can't pay like the rest of us and do a write-up.<p> Saw 3D for example was NOT screened for critics, probably cuz Lionsgate knows it sucks.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Abominable Snowcone

    by smokie

    Abominable Snowcone = Harry (or some other AICN staff)

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Shortage of funny dames lately...

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Tina Fey? Really?

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST


    by oh_dae_su

    his head in that pic looks good, keep working hard and the rest will follow!

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    Not hardly.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Holy crap!

    by Nice Marmot

    Harry is turning into Mickey Rooney!!!

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 wasn't that good...Harry is right

    by Rupee88

    It was a money grab...well-executed but didn't need to exist. And just tired characters at this point. Anyway Harry loved Godzilla and AOTC so not saying he has great taste, but with TS3, he is correct.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Fuck you, you fucking fatass! Did Wil Ferrell suck your dick when you watched Megamind? Because there's no way in hell that Megamind is better than Toy Story 3. I doubt that it's even better than Despicable Me. I'm sure that it's a pleasant way to spend 90 minutes, but better than Toy Story 3? NO. FUCKING. WAY!!! It's not our fault that you TOTALLY MISSED THE POINT about Toy Story 3. It's about moving on, letting go, amongst other things, you dumb fuck. Yes, How to Train Your Dragon was great, you could say Pixar worthy. But I highly doubt that'll be the case with Megamind.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3

    by Mummy_Under_Your_Bed

    Just wasn't fun to watch. I enjoyed Despicable Me way more than TS3.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    This one looks like it might be good for a few cuckles

    by superfleish76

    But I can't understand how Harry doesn't appreciate Toy Story 3. That movie was just superb. As good as, and possibly better than, the first one.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Tighten or Titan?

    by DarthBakpao

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Tired characters? I think you're mistaking Toy Story with a certain other animated franchise. You know the one about that green ogre. It's not like Pixar churned out a Toy Story sequel every three years. Toy Story 2 was released 11 years ago. So, stop sucking Harry's dick. It's not good for you.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 not fun?

    by lochkray

    Okay, I admit, the over-riding themes of life's meaninglessness in the context of time are a little bleak and depressing, but there was oodles of fun in there. Ken and Barbie. The toys in the "new kid's" bedroom. Spanish Buzz. The great escape. The happy ending that teaches that endings are as happy as you make them. I just saw it two days ago with my kid, and I loved that movie. Better than Up...well, at least on par. And the darker themes only added some important weight to the proceedings, that made it all the better, not worse. I liked Despicable Me, it was fun, but it was cotton candy on a stick. Toy Story 3 was an excellent meal.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 looses all purpose

    by Series7

    Once you see the Buzz Lightyear fishing rod for sale in Wal Mart.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Also Toy Story 3

    by Series7

    Was just sort of all over the place. A mash up of 1 and 2. Very little purpose to be around except to make me buy more toys even if I didn't love the movie. With a tacked on forced ending.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Between elseworlds the nail and Dr horrible...

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    There's nothing terribly new about this I suspect but I might hit up a matinee at some point. I sure liked paranormal activity 2 better paying 6 bucks instead of 11

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Also the problem with Toy Story 3

    by Series7

    NO ONE FUCKING DIED!!!!!! Hamm at least should've fucking died.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Sorry Pixar didn't send you Woody's Cowboy Hat

    by Dharma4

    Would that have made you give it a better view? Honestly Harry... Toy Story 3 was a masterpiece. In my opinion that is. Yours is yours, I suppose. But, c'mon...

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Series7 - you're a fucking retard.

    by Dharma4

    Why did no one die? BECAUSE THEY'RE TOYS. And besides, Bobeep was given away. Half of the toys were "dead" because they were gone.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    A Toy Box snuff film

    by lochkray

    Yeah, that's what the movie needed to be. Jeeeesh.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Can't you just write the review directly after seeing it and....

    by Flames gotta Eat

    you know, save it as a Word Doc then, you know, you have it saved for when you're allowed to publish it? And how many tropical shirts do you own?!

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Was there something preventing you from writing it?

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    And then publishing it when you got the ok?</p><p>I used to be a professional reviewer and you really HAVE to write the review pretty quickly. You let it percolate for a day or so, then spill it all out on the page. Then you let it sit and come back the next day or so and edit.</p><p>That was my process which allowed me to get my initial impression containing all the details, then add a little reflection once it all settled in.</p><p>In my opinion, all a gag order should do is allow you even more reflection from further out right before you go to press.</p><p>Not writing a review because you can't publish it for awhile is just fucking lazy.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    That picture

    by Amfpsych

    Will forever haunt my dreams. How can you put that there with NO WARNING???

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    Naw one of them should've died, it teaches kids about death better. I mean look at Bambi's mom, who doesn't fucking remember that? All the great children movies have death, it was ok in Pixar non death world at first, but its getting weak now. It was a cheap cop out ending anyway with the Aliens. In the end I always refer back to the great wisdom of Lawrence Kasdan, "Sombody had to die."

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Pixar In Decline? You decide.

    by Zardozap2005

    I have rented Ratatouille, Wall-E, and UP for my kids as they've come out on video. They had me turn off Ratatouille after 25 min to watch something else. It was fucking TERRIBLE as far as i'm concerned. How much did Disney have to shell out for all those good reviews? They made it through most of Wall-E, but haven't wanted to watch it since. UP got shut off after about 45 min. An adventure movie where nothing happens. Great fun there. I refuse to rent TS3, because as someone else said, It looks like a cash grab, smells like one, and probably tastes like one. No thanks, the first two were great, and should have left it at that. They've watched Kung Fu Panda, Monsters VS Aliens, and How to Train Your Dragon and even the Madagascar movies multiple times now, and sat through every single one.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST


    by DiscoGodfather

    Come back, Armand White, all is forgiven.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Bambi's room was a living thing

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    Andy's house was probably on a burial ground or something. :p

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Your kids have the worst taste ever. Too bad they'll be unemployed couch potatoes when they're all grown up. Well, that's what you get when you're too dumb to understand Pixar's movies. That is all.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Also, Harry loves anything Guillermo Del Toro is involved with

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    No matter how small his contribution. That's because his lips are surgically attached to Del Toro's ass. He's the ultimate kiss ass.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    No shit.

    by NixEclips

    Really? The embargo kept you from writing the review and then saving it until you could publish? What the hell kind of excuse is that? Real fucking professional.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Harry why is your review here?

    by shalashaska

    in with the main news stories, instead of your little column on the side. whats up with that?

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST


    by redkamel

    Im sorry, but your kids are either too young to watch a movie or uh...prefer not to think? Madagascar is a babies movie. Toy Story 3 and Up had me (late 20s), my parents, my 8 year old cousin, my 10 year old cousin and my brother all paying close attention the whole time. Oh yeah, and both movies made everyone over 20 cry.<p>Meanwhile, I don't know anyone over the age of 7 who mentions a Dreamworks movie (I have about 15 little cousins).<p> I dont know anyone else who saw Kung Fu Panda. Enough said.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by jrb

    You kids need an intervention. Give them some Miyazaki. No one wants to see a child grow up with shitty taste in movies.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Couldn't WRITE the review?

    by slickjohnny

    Jesus, another train wreck of a review. The only reason I read Harry's reviews is to satisfy that dark curiosity, the one that makes you rubberneck at accidents. But that photo was more than I wanted to see.

  • That didn't stop Harry.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    The world's greatest living...

    by shaft478

    animator worked on this movie. Bryce McGovern folks. If you've seen this movie you've witness the master at work. He is to animating what Charlie Sheen is to banging porn stars. He sets the bar for excellence.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    I do agree Harry

    by laguna_loire

    I haven't seen Megamind yet (its just opened in the UK), but I loved How to Train Your Dragon (and so did all my friends!!), and I preferred it to Toy Story 3, in that it was a genuine surprize, as opposed to going through a similar story with Toy Story. You took me up on a point with Inception earlier this year, and I think you made your point perfectly.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Has Harry ever given a bad review to someone who gave him a new

    by Larrylongballs

    Just wondering.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    I just reread his Toy Story 3 review

    by Larrylongballs

    It bordered on being psychotic.