Famous people like Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill lend their voices in Megamind, an animated superhero movie from the perspective of a supervillain. Megamind (Ferrell) is a bad guy who one day actually manages to kill the city’s superhero, Metroman (Pitt). The film starts out quite impressively, but started to get dull somewhere around the middle. There were many references to Superman and even a cute nod to The Godfather, but I don’t think Ferrell’s sense of humour is really suited for a kids film. An action packed climax leaves you with a better impression of Megamind, but it’s still nowhere as good as How To Train Your Dragon or even Kung Fu Panda.
The first Shrek film was fresh and funny, but the series’ quality went downhill extremely fast from the second film onwards. Shrek Forever After is the fourth installment in this never-dying franchise and most of the series’ early charm and wit is gone. This film is bland, draggy, and tries too hard to become more “Pixar-like”. The new villain here is not interesting in the least, but I did get some light chuckles from Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas). The Shrek series looks like it’s trying to out-sequel the Ice Age series, and I hope kids have enough brains to realise that there are much better options out there.