"Megamind" may not be thought-provoking, but it is fun. And, come to think of it, it does give us something to ponder along the nature-or-nurture concepts of destiny.

Lots of superhero nods are present here, the most obvious being Superman. Much like the Man of Steel, little Megamind is dispatched to Earth by his parents. In a nearby spacecraft, little Metro Man also is hurtling to Earth.

The child who will become Metro Man is raised by loving parents who support him and his heroic endeavors at every turn. Little soon-to-be-Megamind is brought up by prisoners.

Always an outcast at school, he is disliked by everyone and has only his fish-like Minion (David Cross) for company. Megamind finally comes to the conclusion that, regardless of what he does, he'll always be perceived as a villain, so he might as well become a bad guy.

As the two super-powered kids grow into adults, Mega Man (voice of Brad Pitt) always is on hand to thwart the dastardly schemes of Megamind (voice of Will Ferrell), whose plans never work out the way he thinks they will.

Mega Man has a lady friend, a Lois Lane-type named Roxanne (Tina Fey). Her cameraman (Jonah Hill) has a crush on Roxanne, who seems not to have found Mr. Right.

Week after week, Mega Man crushes Megamind, who eventually lands back in prison. But he comes up with a clever escape plan, and suddenly Metrocity, which has been protected for so long by Mega Man, finds itself without a hero. This also leaves Megamind without a hero to go up against. So he creates his own hero, Titan.

Except, as always, Megamind's plans don't go as he anticipates. And he even surprises himself when he discovers he has unintended feelings that make a huge difference in his future.

The characters are bright, quirky and fun to watch. I saw it in high-quality 3-D and really enjoyed the way the 3-D made the action pop off the screen. Still, I don't think you would need to see it in 3-D to enjoy the story.

I was kind of surprised, and rather pleased, at the rocking tunes selected for the soundtrack, possibly for the benefit of grandparents who will accompany small fry to theaters. They'll enjoy hearing the likes of Michael Jackson, AC/DC and Guns ‘n' Roses while the superpowers duke it out.

 

 

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