Mr. Movie

'Megamind' 3D or two, it's one-dimensional

Megamind is an animated superhero spoof. Think Superman with a twist.

Coincidentally, the character Megamind and his nemesis Metro Man are from rival worlds and sent to Earth by their parents when their individual worlds are destroyed.

-- Local show times, theaters, trailer.

One child grows up to be evil. The other a goody-two shoes.

The film comes packaged in two dimensions or three. Of the two, the three-dimensions should be your preference. Directors — in this case Tom McGrath ( Madagascar’s 1 &2) — and CGI technicians improve the technology with each offering and Megamind in 3D is spectacular.

Three dimensions or two, the one-dimensional plot has little appeal. Will Farrell and Brad Pitt give a voice to the rivals. Co-star Tina Fey does the heroine and Jonah Hill plays film’s second villain. What passes for comedy and plot are as thin as body that houses Megamind’s blue, lightbulb-shaped head and as cliche as his rival’s super hero build.

The usually flat, uninspiring work of Ferrell is magnified in the extra dimension. It’s not all his fault. First time screenwriters Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simmons don’t give Ferrell or his co-stars much to work with. It also could account for Ferrell’s voice choice. Knowing he’s in a dud, Ferrell may have adopted a Robin Williams-like voice as a disguise.

That Pitt and Fey fall flat in this fiasco is a surprise. Both are brilliant at comedy. Even bad comedy. Only Hill offers anything resembling real enthusiasm for the character, or the plot. Even though we love him in most things, Hill basically plays himself.

That, too, has grown kind of boring.

Mr. Movie rating: 3 stars

Rated PG for mature themes. It opens Friday, Nov. 5 at the Carmike 12 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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