Sunday, February 6, 2011
If you haven't seen the film (and I encourage you to do so), Megamind (Nixon) comes to Earth as an infant, clearly very gifted but constantly thwarted by a privileged and more handsome visitor, Metroman (JFK). By sheer luck, Metroman is raised by a fine, well-to-do family and given every advantage in life, while Megamind is raised by poor, hardened criminals. Any time Megamind tries to demonstrate his skills, he is always cast as the neer-do-well, while Metroman is treated as the hero. Finally, Megamind/Nixon realizes that he'll never be appreciated for his skills, so he devotes himself to thwarting Metroman. And the two commence a career of working against each other for control of Metro City (the USA).
And then one day, Metroman is gone, leaving Megamind briefly thrilled but eventually flummoxed -- he has defined himself for so long as the anti-Metroman, he doesn't know how to comport himself. Meanwhile, an interim super -- a true sociopath named Titan (LBJ) -- takes control of Metro City and wreaks all sorts of havoc. Megamind finally decides to conquer Titan and rule Metro City as a benevolent hero. The citizens are somewhat distrustful of him but come to respect and even love him as their leader. The film conveniently ends before Megamind uses illegal funds to break into the offices of his political adversaries and is hounded from office.
Anyway, it's a truly delightful film, with plenty of obvious references to the "Superman" franchise, but hidden just slightly below the surface is an enjoyable biopic of our 37th president. They should show it to visitors at the Nixon Library.