96 min. minutes | Rated PG
After years of Matrix references and Scorsese jokes, there were signs that DreamWorks Animation was finally starting to come around, with both Kung Fu Panda and (especially) How to Train Your Dragon coming close to reaching the rarefied, seemingly effortless air of Pixar. Any hopes that Megamind would continue the upward path to universality, however, are pretty much whisked away as soon as the first notes of "Bad to the Bone" start playing. While not as desperately, tragically hip as the Shrek franchise, this manic comic book spoof is so busy trying to show that it's in on the joke that it often forgets to include the actual, you know, jokes. To be charitable, director Tom McGrath's (Madagascar) film does have the disadvantage of following the surprisingly effective Despicable Me, which covered much of the same turf with a cartoony, Hellzapoppin' Warner Bros. sensibility. Even without that comparison point, though, it's tough to imagine that much enthusiasm will remain past Megamind's initial marketing blitz.
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