Sunday, January 22, 2012


A couple of weeks ago, I rented 3 or 4 movies for the family to watch during the week.  (7 day rentals)  Among them were The Zookeeper, which I figured would be the family one, and Megamind, which I figured would only be interesting for the kids.

As often happens, there was some argument about which movie would be watched first.  Dominic put Megamind on, even though we were going to watch The Zookeeper, and I was going to change it, except...

I really got caught up in the story.  Megamind is the most endearing villain ever.  He never wins at being bad, he's predictable, his plans fail, his code words aren't even code.

Then Metroman gets tired of being the hero and lets Megamind win.  Suddenly being the villain isn't fun anymore when there is no good guy to fight against.

So Megamind comes up with his worst plot yet, he creates a new hero to be the champion of good.  Except the plan, as usual, backfires and Megamind has to fix it, and learns something about himself in the process.

A few days later, we finally found time to watch The Zookeeper and quite frankly, it was a disappointment.  The idea behind the movie seemed good, kind of similar to George of the Jungle, where the animals of the zoo try to help him get the woman of his dreams, (George gets advice from Ape in George of the Jungle), but it didn't work in this movie.  George of the Jungle is a clueless guy, brought up by an Ape who can talk, so actually following advice on how to date from an ape in George's case was believable, and the results were funny.  But when an intelligent, civilized man starts peeing on planted pots at a wedding reception (to stake out his territory) on the advice of a wolf, well, that's just stupid.  And not very believable.  I didn't like the movie much.

Favourite quotes from Megamind that one now randomly hears around the house:

1.  Metroman: "It's revenge, and it's best served cold."
     Megamind: "But it can easily be reheated in the microwave of evil!"

2.  Megamind: "That is, if Metroman can withstand the full concentration of
     the sun!"
     (to Minion): "Fire!!"
     (Long pause, nothing happens.  Megamind stalks over to Minion)
     Megamind: "Minion, fire."
     Minion: "Warming up Sir."
     Megamind: "Come again?"
     Minion: "Warming up"
     Megamind: "The SUN is warming UP???"

My kids loved the movie Megamind, and now I think I'm going to have to buy a copy.