Alexander and the Very, Very, Very, Very Long Title is based on a 32 page picture book by Judith Viorst about a young boy who feels trampled by the world and feels that his personal misfortunes are neither recognised nor understood by his family. In a moment of sly retribution, he wishes the worst possible day on his parents and siblings in a desperate attempt to have them understand his plight. Read more >>

 



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Megamind

Ah yes, the animated 3D kids (with adult content) movie quandary. Do you review it as an adult and pick apart all of its idiosyncrasies and shortcomings or do you just find the child within yourself and experience it all as one long and happy bedtime story told by someone you love.


DreamWorks Animation once again attempts to follow in the footsteps of that behemoth Pixar and succeeds up to a point. With the current state of technology in computer generated animation being what it is, almost all of the major studios are creating films of this type that look amazing and adding in the 3D effect only adds to the eye candy. The only real problem with this approach is spending so much time on appearances and so little time on story.

The tale told this time revolves around the bad guy killing off all his enemies and then becoming bored because he no longer has an arch nemesis. Megamind (voiced by Will Ferrell) is sort of a Superman reject whose parents sent him to earth before their planet got sucked into a black hole, unfortunately his journey was matched by another baby with super hero powers, Metro Man (Brad Pitt). The two become sparring partners until Megamind destroys him.
    
Getting the mix of accessible children’s humour and enough hidden adult content for the parents just right is the real magicians trick and Magamind is slightly more adult-like in this division. The film is never less than amusing but lacks a large number of laugh out loud moments but put yourself into kid’s mode with a lap full of sugary snacks and salty treats and all is right in the world, if only for those 95 minutes.
Rob Hudson
www.megamind.com




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