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Despicable Me

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

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Gosh, This Movie is Soooo Despicably CUTE and Adorable! (Bleecchh!!!!)

  • Jul 11, 2010
Rating:
+4
Warning: This Review is about an animated film that is so full of “CUTESY” Elements that it may be necessary to have a ‘hurl bucket’ handy. This review is also filled with ‘CUTE’ subliminal messages.

With 3D graphic technology in full swing and the box-office successes of animated films such as “How To Train Your Dragon”, “Shrek Forever After” and “Toy Story 3” has inspired a new wave of animated films so expect a lot more where they came from. The economy is bad so people are seeking out wholesome family entertainment. Well, we cannot all expect these films to be made by Pixar and Dreamworks Animation. So Illumination Entertainment with Universal Pictures have come up with a 3D animated adventure called “DESPICABLE ME”. This film is a formula film; offering not that much when it comes to an inventive story but channels something that most grumpy people find really despicable--CUTENESS.

Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell) is a man who lives in a quiet suburban neighborhood; he tries to keep to himself for the most part except for the occasional incident in a coffee shop. He is actually the former # 1 super-villain who has his own hideout below his house; a hideout filled with his army of mischievous minions. [cute] Gru has been unseated as the world’s # 1 villain after the Great pyramid of Giza has been stolen by Vector (Jason Segel), a nerdish, young villain who has the financial backing of a super-villain investment banker (Will Arnett). Now, Gru must regain his position as # 1 and with the help of Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand), they hatch a scheme to steal the moon. But things become more complicated as Gru becomes faced with taking care of three [cute] spunky orphaned little girls; Margo, Edith and Agnes (Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier and Elsie Fisher respectively) after they perform a nefarious plan for him; this proves to be Gru’s greatest challenge…

                 A scene from "Despicable Me."

                 A scene from "Despicable Me."

“Despicable Me” has a very simple premise and quite frankly it is an animated film that is so predictable and yet you find that you don’t mind just how predictable the film really is. You have the character who believes that he is actually something that he wants to be; to perhaps attain the approval of his mother, or maybe to just be different. The film is sort of a ‘coming of age’ tale as to how we find [cute] that we aren’t actually what we thought we were meant to be and that we can shine in our best image when we are faced with issues that test our character. Gru is an individual who can testify that we find the best within us when someone is defending on you; that one can become his very best to be worthy of another’s adoration; whether he wants to be or not.

                  A scene from "Despicable Me."

                 A scene from "Despicable Me."

               A scene from "Despicable Me."

The film is just filled with colorful characters and Gru with his indeterminate European accent can provide some laughs by itself; the voice-acting by Carrell deserves to be noted. The direction is so full of endearing moments, slapstick vigor and [cute] adorable gags that provoke a laugh. Gru’s bald-headed appearance may be a homage to Lex Luthor (Superman’s arch-enemy) that I thought was a very nice touch with his characterization coming in the form of flashbacks. The film [cute] is about competition as two villains try to outdo the other when it comes to raw villainy until it becomes a one-on-one struggle for the 'shrinking ray';  the laughs just come from those sequences and most often than not, it wasn’t just how inventive or fresh the comedy was, but rather the timing was just excellent that the viewer is just going to have to laugh. Gru’s behavior is more despicably endearing that actually villainous in my opinion; his scenes with his neighbor, the coffee shop and his devilish vehicles are some of the film’s main strengths. (as a villain, Gru isn’t environmentally “green” so his jets give off despicable fumes) I thought the film has the feel of classic 60’s super-agent comedies that relied on being exaggerated.

                     A scene from "Despicable Me."

                    Elsie Fisher voices Agnes and Dana Gaier voices Edith in "Despicable Me."

                   A scene from "Despicable Me."

                  Elsie Fisher voices Agnes and Dana Gaier voices Edith in "Despicable Me."

What really steals the show are Gru’s small, yellow, pill-shaped [cute] minions that are so (ahem) adorably cute and funny who he sends to assist him and carry out his despicable plans. They seem to have been made to charm the holy heck out of the most darkest, coldest movie watcher [cute] that even I was so entertained whenever they were onscreen. The film is successful because of these minions; their gags, their behavior is just so full of [cute] comedic momentum that they actually helped shape the film's personality and Gru's character. The three girls are also quite endearing, most especially Agnes who plays the pesky, youngest orphan who also scares the heck out of Gru’s attack dog.

“Despicable Me” isn’t anything special; it is a formula film that stays aloft because of its comedic charm and slapstick energy than actually trying to attempt something inventive or original. The film is filled with contrivances but the direction isn’t pretentious; and channels what it wants to be quite well. A villain who finds his soul because of three girls has a very endearing charm and proves a worthwhile family film. If the quality of a film can be measured in “cuteness” then, this movie scores HUGE. “Despicable Me” may prove inferior to those very used to animated films, but I bet the majority of its viewers will see this movie again and again--especially with the entire family. “Despicable Me” isn’t a despicable animated film, but it is just so adorably ‘CUTE’.

So can anyone tell me how many times they found the word ‘cute’?

Recommended! [3 ½ Out of 5 Stars]
The 3D effects in the film are nicely done. I do think it added to the film’s fun experience.




         
3 ½ Stars: Ssoooo...Despicably CUTE and Adorable!

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April 15, 2011
Inmaturiaty strikes again! Because i laughed so hard at this movie (while watching it alone mind you) that the poor people who live below me could hear it. Not only are the minions hilarious and yes....cute but their language is awsome! And for some reason vector reminds me of bill gates and is it just me or did gru borrow that suit from dr. Evil??
June 05, 2011
sorry for the late reply. Yeah, I am with you on those observations. You know I think I may buy the movie now...LOL!
June 05, 2011
Haha i beat you to it...amazon $3 plus shipping lol
March 04, 2012
seven days.....(in a demonic cute voice)
 
July 19, 2010
And the list of big budget animated feature films that I am behind on grows by one. I would love to say something politically correct like "I'll have to check this when it comes to DVD" but let's be honest with each other: I'm at about 2003 with these things. I'll probably finally see this one in like 2017. Great review!
July 21, 2010
LOL! Wonder how long it'll take you to see Toy Story 3 LOL!
January 17, 2011
seen this yet?
January 18, 2011
Woop the Blu is in my collection as we speak but as you know I've been struggling to stay atop the pile. One more disc for Shrek and I'll have wrapped that one up. I was planning to get on over to the Guardians and Space Chimps 2 and Finding Nemo and then there's a recent pot of anime -inspired CG pieces that I purchased like Vexille and 2005's ARK. See you in the summer buddy! lol
January 18, 2011
awesome!! I just dropped an anime review myself! I am sure you are interested.
 
July 19, 2010
So, after the investment bankers "stole" from all of us in 2008, the film industry now uses this as a theme to steal more $$$ from the public? The cartoons certainly look cute, although I'd take it with a pinch of salt when it comes with reality...
July 21, 2010
"a pinch of salt"? LOL!
 
July 15, 2010
Nice review, Woopak. I saw the trailer for this a while back and it looked a lot of fun (and cute!). I'll definitely catch it when it hits the UK. :)
July 16, 2010
Thanks, Simon! By the way, you are going to be this week's Member spotlight! Feel free to message me if you prefer certain reviews to be spotlighted in our community.
July 16, 2010
Wow, I'm honoured. Thanks, Woopak! :)
 
July 13, 2010
Excellent review!! This looks like it might be one of the better animated films to come out this year plus my little sister might like this film maybe me as well. Also I just posted my review of "Predators" so coem on by and check it out whenever you want.
July 14, 2010
Thanks, Lopez. This was good, but pales in comparison to the best CGI animation has to offer. Have you seen Coroline? Great stop-motion animated film! Great review on Predators.
July 14, 2010
I always have high hopes for animated films they are practical the only films that that receive high critical acclaim. And no I have not seen "Coraline" yet but I have been meaning to every time I try to see it something comes up and I have to pass it up. And thank you very much.
 
July 12, 2010
Okay, if I don't see this by the time this is out of theaters, then I'll come back and read your review, but for now, I'll take your word for it what with your review title and rating, and the cute photos, and actually try to see this!
July 12, 2010
I was wondering....where is Lady D? You know I almost stole your motto as my review 'headline' but then I'll owe you royalties LOL!
July 13, 2010
Um, you already owe me royalties for reviewing something cute!


;P
July 14, 2010
that is true. Hmm...maybe I should pay you in the form of YANK SING :P
July 14, 2010
That sounds tasty!
July 14, 2010
it is, Lady D--tried the scallops and the mango pudding? ;-)
 
July 11, 2010
It looks pretty darn cute:) Great review!
July 11, 2010
Thanks, Bethany, glad you enjoyed the review...did you check out the subliminal messages? he-heh.
 
July 11, 2010
HAHA love your warning good sir, excellent review as well. I am sure I will be seeing this but I may wait for the DVD release.
July 11, 2010
I had to give you a warning...I think I have been corrupted LOL!
July 14, 2010
where you at?
 
July 11, 2010
Do you feel brainwashed by cuteness? Poor Woo! Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!
July 11, 2010
God...how I despise cuteness....bwahahahahah! The filmmakers owe me a new computer screen LOL!
July 11, 2010
Why is that? Did you vomit all over it?
July 11, 2010
yep..ugh! LOL!
July 11, 2010
btw, check out the subliminal messages under the words cuteness and 'cute'...LOL!
July 11, 2010
I hope you have a good electronics cleaner...
 
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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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