Evil Gru (voiced by Carrell) is planning to steal the moon to prove that he's still the top villain around. But a rivalry with a new evil genius and a chance meeting with adorable orphans Margo, Edith, and Agnes, who think Gru should become their new dad, complicates his scheme. Between the minions and the orphans, there's plenty of cute to go around, but it could have done with a bit more laugh-out-loud funny. Some great visual and dialogue gags provide adults in the audience with semi-consistent chuckles.
It’s possible that yet another summer with a masterpiece from Pixar has jaded me against other animation but Despicable Me is a near-miss, a relatively enjoyable comedy with a few intriguing visuals that is nonetheless surprisingly boring and routine. It seems a film impossible to hate but also one ...Read More
Odd little film (possible spoilers) UncleKitty at 2010-07-16 18:37:37
Despicable Me is a decent enough little animated film about one man's quest to be the world's top super villain, although eventually it becomes obvious he simply wants to be a famous astronaut. It's sort of a classic story about a redeemable villain, but in all honesty Gru doesn't seem very villainous. He's stolen the Times Square jumbotron, but thats so his minions (aliens? a genetically created servitor race? Gremlins?) would have a super size TV to watch football on. In fact Gru seems more like a mere antisocial outcast who treats those he likes with kindness, and those he doesn't know with rejection and loathing. It often seems like he and his minions are more like a cooperative team than Master and Slaves the way the old Sci Fi movies usually show Mad scientists and their minions. He even pays them. What kind of evil Mad Scientist pays his Minions and buys them gifts? When it seems as if his dreams of space travel are crushed the Minions even pool their own personal money to help him out. Honestly he seems more of a gruff, self centered butthead than an evil monster.
The movies world is an interesting place with Mad Scientist villains in the every day news, most of them financed by Lehman Brothers, now known as the Bank of Evil. And it's rife with oddball inventions (my favorite being the Pirhana Gun). So while it's not a masterpiece of animation due to little flaws, it's a lot more enjoyable than most of the crap playing this summer. Fans of the old Looney Tunes style cartoons will particularly enjoy the Minions whenever they get screen time.