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Despicable Me

A 2010 American computer-animated 3-D feature film.

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Cute and charming, but only sometimes funny, however, I do somewhat admire it.

  • Jun 4, 2011
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**1/2 out of ****

"Despicable Me" is an animated feature in which weapons pop out within several seconds, little orphan girls are made somewhat cute, and evil minions are nothing short of resembling dimwitted corn-pops.

So right there, some good ideas were put into the product. The final result is energetic, family-friendly fun that has charm; but lacks the extra kick that could have earned it a total recommendation. With that being said, I would never try to turn someone's back on the film; although if you want a masterpiece in animated filmmaking, then this isn't where you should be looking.

But why would you be looking here in the first place? Mastery is not implied with this kind of premise; but rather cartoonish fun. Like Dreamwork's "Megamind", also about the struggle between heroes and villains, "Despicable Me" has its moments of fun, cartoony glory; although the story somewhat fails to deliver when it comes to captivation. But that's OK. "Despicable Me" is entertaining, sweet, and sometimes funny; so there's stuff to forgive as well as stuff to forget. All-in-all, I think you're in for a pleasant, if not forgettable treat.

Super villain Gru (Steve Carell) needs to find a new angle. His evil antics are losing popularity and substance due to the arrival of new super villain Vector (Jason Segel), as well as more villainous figures who know more about the business than Gru does. So Gru plans to shrink and steal the moon. However, when he gets the shrink-ray, it is stolen Vector, who uses it for his own meaningless purposes. And in one of his nigh pathetic attempts to get it back, Gru befriends and adopts three orphan girls (voiced by Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, and the adorable Elsi Fisher). Eventually, Gru re-claims his shrink-ray, and production on the theft of the moon continues.

However, Gru grows affectionate of these girls. He soon becomes a fatherly figure to them, taking them to amusement parks, telling them bed-time stories, and winning them stuffed-unicorns with his deadly weapons. All sequences listed above are surprisingly sweet, thorough, and more thoughtful than one would come to expect.

The plot can get sort of sappy and generic at times, but "Despicable Me" never stops being at least mildly engaging. It's not a great animated film, like "Spirited Away", but it's not a bad one, like "Hoodwinked". Thus, I can forgive it for its flaws; and I can also respect it too. I like what the writers and talents involves in its making were trying to do, and while they could have done better, there is some solid wit to be found here; buried underneath the seldom-seen but sometimes-annoying poop/fart humor, which most animated outings tend to throw in the mix anyways.

Carell voices Gru like some sort of Nazi. He sounds German; and the character looks like one built for Carell himself. This is a good thing about animated filmmaking; you can have the voice actors inhabit their characters, and Carell, well frankly, he fits right in.

The film looks decent, as far as animated films go. The animation itself, for the characters especially, is admirably smooth and never- absolutely NEVER- looks particularly ugly. Everything else looks fairly good, although there's just nothing that makes "Despicable Me" special. I know it doesn't need to be "special" to be good, but there's something missing, and sadly, it's a crucial ingredient. But if you're looking for light, consistent family-entertainment, then by God, you've got it.

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June 05, 2011
great write up! this was....a formula but it does do it so well.
 
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Despicable Me is a 2010 American computer-animated 3-D feature film from Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment that was released on July 9, 2010 in the USA. The film stars Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, and Miranda Cosgrove.

  • In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru, planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon (Yes, the moon!). Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. The world's greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes.
  • Cast: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand

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    Genre: Animation
    Release Date: July 09, 2010
    MPAA Rating: G
    Runtime: 95 minutes
    Studio: Universal Pictures
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