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Will Ferrell has an animated hit

(L-R) Roxanne Ritchi and Megamind in "Megamind."

(L-R) Roxanne Ritchi and Megamind in "Megamind."

  • (L-R) Roxanne Ritchi and Megamind in "Megamind."
  • Roxanne Ritchi in "Megamind."
  • (L-R) Minion and Megamind in "Megamind."
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  • (L-R) Megamind and Minion in "Megamind."
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I went to a screening of this movie early on a Saturday morning (well, early for me). I missed the first 10 minutes. Not because I overslept, but because the rain that morning made traffic insane.

I was bummed I missed the beginning, since the rest of the movie was so interesting. It would’ve been great to know how these characters came to be.

Will Ferrell plays the villain, who has second thoughts on his villainous ways, from a series of events I can’t tell you without spoiling.

One of my problems with the villain in Iron Man II, is he didn’t have any witty lines. I grew up with super hero movies that gave me Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor, saying funny things before torturing Superman.

And much the way Jack Nicholson was great as the Joker because he was humorous, the villain here is the same. Art galleries have their paintings ruined, but you get fun posters all over the city that look like the Obama “Yes We Can” posters, but say “No We Can’t.”

This movie went down the same path as Despicable Me. In fact, a lot of stuff reminds me of other superhero films – Tina Fey as the Louis Lane reporter character named Roxanne Ritchi (didn’t she host a heavy metal show on MTV?).

Brad Pitt looking like Superman (if Superman were played by George Clooney). The chubby cameraman character that can’t do anything right, was played nicely by Jonah Hill (the only character animated to look like the actual actor).

Since one of the funny running gags is how Megamind always mispronounces things, it’s funny when a villain he creates is called “Titan,” but it’s spelled “Tighten.”

A lot of people have grown tired of the 3D thing, but it works well in this film, which is all computer animated.

There were some great graphics, like rain hitting an invisible car. Or a character running into it (I always wondered how Wonder Woman knew how to find her invisible plane on the runway without running into it).

As much as I like AC/DC, I can safely say – movies need to stop putting their songs in action sequences. There are more rock bands than Guns ‘N Roses and AC/DC out there, people.

On the subject of music, Hans Zimmer added some nice stuff to the score of the film.

There are a lot of jokes that will go over the kids heads.

One of those involves Will Ferrell doing a character that’s the father of a superhero. He speaks in the Marlon Brando voice (remember, Brando got paid millions for his 10 minute scene as Supermans’ father).

That’s the third movie I’ve seen this month where somebody does a Marlon Brando impersonation (Zach Galifianakis does one in Due Date, which also opens this weekend).

The warden in this is played by Spiderman’s J.K. Simmons, and there’s an evil fish voiced by David Cross (I have no clue why he’s in a space suit that looks like a gorilla outfit, but watching him swim around while plotting evil is fun).

There are a few boring moments in the film, but with all the clever twists and creative writing, you’ll be glad you brought the whole family (in fact, I’m not even sure why it’s rated PG; it’s appropriate for all ages).

There’s a few scenes where characters are speaking in code. I’ll end by saying –

Code: FFF.

Fun Family Film.

I’m giving it a B-.