I Saw A Film Today…Despicable Me

Animated films are only just now getting the respect they deserve. Animated films were at one time for children to enjoy and parents to suffer through. But now they have that special ingredient that gives a little bit of spice for everyone. Take the film that this review is over, Despicable Me. In it the main character goes to a bank called The bank of Evil, which has a sign underneath it proclaiming “Formerly Lehman Brothers”. No child will get this joke but they will not mind, they are too focused on the little yellow pill shaped minions. As for the adult, they will get it and have a little chuckle and enjoy the movie as much as the accompanying child.

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Gru (Steve Carell) is a supervillian who acts are not actually all that super. He finds accomplishment in stealing things such as the Las Vegas Eiffel Tower and the Time Square Megatron. But Gru has a bigger plan on his mind as of late: stealing the moon. In order to do this Gru must get a loan from the president of the Bank of Evil, Mr. Perkins (Will Arnett). But Gru faces competition in the form of an orange warm-up suit wearing young supervillian named Vector (Jason Segel), who recently stole the Giant Pyramid of Giza.

In order for Gru to get his loan from  the bank, he must steal an important devise that is important to his mission from Vector: a shrink ray. Thinking that three orphan girls can help him in obtaining the devise, Gru adopts them. After obtaining the shrink ray Gru begins working on his plan, ignoring the three girls. But Gru begins to become more and more involved with the girls and comes to a cross roads: Which is more important, his plans or the girls.

Despicable Me was a really enjoyable film. The plot line may have been weak and predictable but it makes up for this with creativity. And who could say no to the little minions? A couple of people who I have talked to would have of loved for the little guys to have a  bigger presence in the film. Not to mention the sugary sweet Agnes (Elsie Fisher), who cannot help but melt your heart with her love of unicorns and saying such things as “it’s so fluffy I’m Gonna die!”

There is also some great voice work here. The way Steve Carell delivers Gru’s lines is a combination of an evil German’s broken english and a smooth talking Russian gangster. This all equals out to comedy gold. Not to mention the supporting cast and cameo appearances such as Jason Segel, Kristen Wiig, Jack McBrayer, Ken Jeong, Danny McBride, and Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario.

By no means is Despicable Me the best animated film of this year. I doubt that in the future we will see Despicable Me: Stealing the Earth’s Core. But you will have a fun time watching this film with your family…I mean, who couldn’t? It’s just…so…FLUFFY!!

VERDICT: RENT IT! (In 2-D)

So have you seen Despicable Me? What did you think of Gru and his little Minions? Leave your comments and opinions below.

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