My second attempt at film analysis.
In one of my earlier posts, there is one which is on the need to fit in or the want to stand out. This is something which every person decides for themselves as they grow up. Two influential works have escalated my stand on this topic. One is the highly controversial book, The Fountainhead and the other is the American animated film, Megamind. Though the former is a very serious book on the Objectivist philosophy developed by Ayn Rand, which has a very loyal following of practitioners; the other is a light-hearted animation which was promoted as a film for kids. But interestingly enough, i find that both the works run on very similar basic lines although they diverge into two extremes quite early into their individual plot.
I wished to write on Megamind because the premise of the film gives an engaging outlook on an age-old loved discussion of good versus evil. Very much at the beginning there are quite a few meaningful dialogues which sums up the essence.
“Even fate picks its favorites”
“Good receives all the praise and adulation while evil is sent to quite time in the corner. So fitting in wasn’t really an option”
Megamind. The evil hero of the movie. His face is detergent blue and the size of it is a cross between the paunch of an old man and a malnourished kid. The one thing he tries too hard to build up is a cold and creepy image, but fails at it funnily. But he makes up for all that with his showmanship. And it is touching to see how he loses the magic in all things evil with the fall of Metro Man. Very weirdly this reminds me of the crystal merchant in the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho where the merchant tells Santiago that “I’m afraid that if my dream is realized, I’ll have no reason to go on living.” Somewhat similar to this is what Megamind feels like after he gets control over the city.
To overcome this existential crisis, he develops a superhero capsule,using the DNA of Metro Man, which has comical consequences of its own. The resulting anti-hero is named Tighten. Although Tighten was built, er developed, to become the charter of the good and fight Megamind, it seems that Tighten has a few evil plans of his own and one among them is to demolish Megamind because they share the same love interest.
“If i was the bad boy, then i was going to be the baddest boy of them all”
Although throughout the movie you will see Megamind trying hard to increase the ferocity of his evilness, it is amusing to see his dedication. In this world, where everyone tries hard to become the “goodest”, Megamind leaves no stone unturned in his quest to become the “baddest boy”. Well in a way this could very well be seen as a means of getting back at Metro Man, but if you dig slightly deeper, you may come across a tiny thought which screams out and says, even before he was bad, it was Metro Man and the other students who did not let him in as a part of their society. They shunned him. And we all know how badly that turns out in real life. In the movie, Metro City got saved because Megamind had a good heart.
“What’s the difference between a villain and supervillain?” asks Megamind of Tighten, as our hero – yes, hero – makes one of his rock-star-like entrances. “Presentation!”
Among all the subjects this film tries to create awareness about, albeit comically, discrimination could possibly be one among them. The following link will lead you to a site where a video has been posted about a teacher who set out to do what she was meant to do.