DreamWorks has been on a hot streak with animation. With "Despicable Me" already in theaters, DreamWorks rushed to throw "Megamind" at us. You would think DreamWorks would have waited until next year to put out another film, like Pixar usually does. This felt too rushed to already be in theaters. But, boy, this was a really funny film and a fun movie experience.

Megamind (Will Ferrell) and Metroman (Brad Pitt) don't get along too well. Megamind becomes despised by everyone, and Metroman is the town hero. Megamind tries all the time to defeat Metroman but fails. Finally, he does and runs the town into chaos. But after a long time, Megamind misses the superhero and tries to come up with a new hero created with Metroman's DNA. Megamind also falls for a news reporter, Roxanne Ritchie (Tina Fey), but she hates him. The plot is too complex to tell much more without spoiling it.

This movie does do the don't-judge-a-book-by-its-cover theme. It is full of fantastic animation that is vibrant and beautiful. The characters and voices are great and really funny, especially Farrell. Audience members are always changing their minds about the characters as the movie rolls along, which does get annoying sometimes.

The script is well done with a ton of humor. This movie is jammed with wall-to-wall jokes. You can't help but laugh at the ridiculous and sometimes very random dialogue being thrown at you.

The film, however, does get violent. It isn't as violent as "The Incredibles," but it's just about there. There are some explosions and some gunfire, but it's nothing to get freaked out about. The movie is still appropriate for younger viewers. It is a fun family, action, comedy and it delivers for the most part. It is worth every penny to go check out.

Ryan Koller is a junior at Depew High School.




Review: 3 1/2 stars (out of four)

Rated PG