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Wick-Quoting #29: Megamind

“I was destined to be a supervillain, and we were destined to be rivals!  The die was cast!  And so began an epic enduring lifelong career… and I LOVED IT!”

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Hi everyone, I am a guest poster for Wick-Quoting, reviewing movies that Mr. Wicked hasn’t yet seen (or doesn’t want to see)!

For the past few years, movie theaters have been flooded with computer graphic animated films that often come with a 3-D option.  When was the last time any of you saw a traditional 2-D animated film in theaters?  The only high profile example I can think of in the States in recent years is Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.  Anyway, while the medium of computer animation has provided us with some great films – such as, of course, any Pixar film – the rest of these movies out there, with their similar witty banter, cool graphics, and feel good morals, all feel like part of one big series.  A couple examples of the kind of films I’m talking about here include Monsters vs. Aliens, Alpha and Omega, Legend of the Guardians, and so on and so on.  Of course, some of these movies are pretty good, but it doesn’t change the fact that their basic formula includes the requisite wittiness, graphics, and morals.

I wonder what's going on here

Megamind is no different.  The film is about the titular antihero Megamind’s endless battle to defeat his archnemesis and hero of Metro City, Metro Man.  But when Megamind finally accomplishes his lifelong goal, he suddenly faces the realization that maybe he was aiming for the wrong thing all along.  Oh, and just like a certain other anti-villain film that came out this year, a minion is featured!

MINION!!

The above is spoiler free Megamind in a nutshell.  Sounds a bit like the summary of some cheesy “how to change your life” book doesn’t it?

A notable aspect of Megamind is that it features a surprisingly robust lineup of voice actors from Tina Fey to Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt.  (Ben Stiller is in the mix too!)  However, honestly the usage of Brad Pitt and Tina Fey’s voices seems like a bit of a waste.  Both of them are talented individuals, but their talents aren’t really suited to voice acting since they sound pretty generic.  Whenever you hear Jonah Hill, on the other hand, you know unmistakeably that it’s him, and I must say I think his voice matches his character pretty well.

A famous cast has definitely helped the film's rep

Overall, just like Brad Pitt’s voice acting in this film, I’d say that the best word to describe Megamind is generic.  Sure there are cool graphics, witty lines, and a feel good plot with a few twists and turns.  For a mindless dose of decent entertainment, I’d say Megamind is just fine. But overall in this big overarching series created by the many other computer graphic animated movies out there, Megamind doesn’t particularly stand out.

7.0

Quoted by Sawazz

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Wick-Quoting #14: June 2010

Minor Comics

Marvel/Disney is going to start showing brief 10 min films of minor superheroes before feature films.  One of these characters include Dr. Strange, who frankly, I’ve never heard of.  Dr. Strange is actually going to be made into a feature length film and is going to be Marvel/Disney’s first collaboration film.  It’s really difficult to say whether it’ll turn out to be a success or not.  I mean look at Jonah Hex.  Based on a western comic book hero that I’ve never heard of, it’s doing absolutely terrible – its production budge was 47 million while the domestic total so far is a bit over 6 million only.  But then again, look at Daredevil.  A minor Marvel superhero, the film made about 100 million.  But no matter what, superhero films will constantly be made in Hollywood.

http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/102752-marvel-to-introduce-characters-in-short-films

What's his power?

Pirates of the Caribbean

The new Pirates of the Caribbean film is going to be based on the novel, “On Stranger Tides,” which is about Blackbeard and the journey for the fountain of youth.  Apparently, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley will not be in the new Pirates, but I it’s not a big loss, considering Johnny Depp will continue to star in the film.  Depp’s character, Captain Jack Sparrow, is the one who made Pirates what it is today after all.  Hopefully the fourth installment of this franchise will be much better than the fourth film of another franchise that we all know.

http://www.latinoreview.com/news/plot-description-revealed-for-pirates-4-suprises-include-pirates-ships-and-arrrghs-10264

How will they be able to top the previous film? The answer's all in this box.

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye, a very popular novel by Salinger, is catching the attention of a couple of filmmakers.  Some production companies want to turn the book into a movie, despite the author’s negative views on Hollywood.  Being a novel about a boy’s internal struggle on life, it’s going to be really difficult to portray Holden’s character on the big screen.  Some things are better left alone.

http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=32688

Now this is one cover of the book that I've never seen

Lion King 3D

Seriously, where is the craze of 3D coming from.  Making new movies with 3D is fine, but doing a re-release of a previous classic?  Releasing Lion King in 3D will probably get on some people’s nerves, but it’s the smart thing to do for filmmakers.  Obviously because it will make money.  However, I doubt that the 3D change will improve the storytelling experience.  Instead of playing $10 to see this in the future, just do yourself a favor and watch the original version.

http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=32689

Let's see how this turns out..


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