On screen fare for festive season
Dominion Post movie reviewer Graeme Tuckett looks at two movies out in time for the holidays, one made for children, and one definitely not
Basically riffing on the Superman story, Megamind is the name of the little guy who was exiled from his dying planet and sent to Earth at exactly the same time as his more super rival.
Megamind grew up in prison to be a balloon-headed evil genius, while Metroman, the other guy, is the corn-fed super guy that all the ladies like.
Naturally, they fight. A lot. But then, a wildly unexpected twist throws things wide open and the film’s second and third acts start to go a few places you may not see coming.
Megamind is a product of Dreamworks Animation which has been playing catch up with Pixar for the better part of a decade now.
Calling Megamind Dreamworks’ answer to Pixar’s superior The Incredibles wouldn’t be too far off the mark.
However Megamind still works very well on its own terms.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a Finnish black comedy about a demonic Santa Claus being dug out of an icy tomb to terrorise an isolated town high up on the Finnish-Russian border. Er, yes, why wouldn’t you?
It is, after all, the silly season. Christmas Tale follows the script of more than a few classic horror movies – ancient evil is resurrected, etc, etc – and then turns that whole thing on its head by imagining that ‘‘ancient evil’’ as dear old Saint Nick.
AA Christmas Tale is not a children’s film and it is probably not for most grown-ups either.
But if you like your comedy deadpan and surreal you’ll quite possibly love every second of it. Me? Well I laughed from beginning to end.
MEGAMIND: Dreamwork’s latest offering should entertain the children on a wet school holiday afternoon.