Monday, November 8, 2010



Coming on the heels of Despicable Me, this movie comes out just a little too soon. Written by Tina Fey, it is meant to be witty and a lot of the dialogues are actually quotable. This is what this movie has to make up for Despicable Me's secret weapons, namely the fatherhood angle and the cute kids. Adults would probably have a good time watching this movie because of the punchlines. Other than that, it is just another popcorn flick. Has Hollywood gotten tired of its superheroes? Why the sudden influx of romanticized villains? There are a couple of twists halfway through the movie. These really help a lot for the movie to establish its own identity. Otherwise, it would have been just another superhero movie with wicked animation and its fair share of weird characters.

Perhaps what makes the movie fun to watch is the villain's unique perspective of his raison d'être, which is somehow reminiscent of Heath Ledger's Joker in the last Batman movie. In this case, the villain and the hero exist because of each other as if their only purpose is to be the counterweight of the other, or as Metro Man says, the yin to the yang. Come to think of it, in real life this does not make any sense. Everyone has a villain inside of them and if ever this develops, it would do so probably for the person's selfish goals. Any rational mind would probably act upon those motives, unless that person is mentally unstable and is hosting a lot of delusions in his head. But then this is just an animated feature meant for entertainment. Well, it is just a thought!

How is a villain different from a super-villain? PRESENTATION!

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