Sunday, July 11, 2010

Review: Despicable Me

Grade: A-

Gru tries very hard to be the world’s greatest villain, and for a while he was. One day, someone managed to steal one of the great pyramids of Giza. After this, the “Bank of Evil” that funds Gru’s operations begins to lose faith in the villain. So to try to gain their trust back, Gru comes up with a plan to steal the Moon. In order to do so he needs to steal a shrink ray back that was stolen from him by a rival villain, Vector. In order to do so, Gru adopts three young girls he plans to use in order to steal the shrink ray back, then abandon the girls and never see them again. However, he begins to grow rather fond of and attached to the three girls and begins to reconsider his career in villainy.

This movie turned out to be much better than I expected. I thought it might be funny at times but overall uninteresting, especially considering the over-advertising that the movie has been doing. I was wrong, the movie was actually very funny, very entertaining and very heart warming. The humor is great and most of it lies with the girls and Gru’s minions. All the bits with these characters are just great. The minions are fantastic and hilarious and after seeing this movie, I don’t know anybody who doesn’t want some minions like these for themselves. One of the funniest things in the movie to me was when Gru goes to the Bank of “Bank of Evil” underneath the sign is says “Formerly Lehman Brothers”. It is great to see Gru, so determined to be evil, becoming very attached to these three young girls. Speaking of, I find it odd, funny and cute that the three girl’s names are Margo, Edith and Agnes, just very unusual names for three very young girls. The movie is full of heart and it is an absolute joy to watch. I will say that while the 3D was interesting, it is still being used as a gimmick in this movie, instead of being used as a means to make an immersive experience like the 3D in Avatar and Toy Story.

Steve Carrell (Date Night, Get Smart) voiced the lead role of Gru, one of the world’s greatest villains. Carrell did a great job with the role, using an accent he describes as a cross between Ricardo Montalban and Bela Lugosi. Jason Segel (I Love You Man, Knocked Up) does the voice of Vector, Gru’s arch nemesis. Jegel did a good job playing the role of a nerd turned villain. Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) does the voice of Dr. Nefario, an evil scientist who works with Gru. Brand was very funny with his bits. Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier and Elsie Fisher did the voices of Margo, Edith and Agnes, respectively, and they did a great job with it, really bringing the characters to life. The rest of the voice cast includes Will Arnett, Julie Andrews, Kristen Wiigs, Danny McBride and more.

This movie is great, 2010 is going to be remembered as an amazing year in animation with movies like Despicable Me, Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon. I really recommend everybody go and see this movie, you won’t regret it.

Great quote: “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite… because there are literally thousands of them… and there’s probably something in your closet.”

P.S.: If you go see this movie and you have a Droid or iPhone, download the free Best Buy Movie Mode app. You turn it on before the movie starts and as far as I can tell, it uses audio queues to tell when the movie ends. There are some bits during the credits with the minions, this app translates what they are saying, very funny stuff.

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