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

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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.

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