REVIEW: ‘Despicable Me’

Director:
Piere Coffin
Cast:
Steve Carell
Jason Segel
Russell Brand
Julie Andrews
Will Arnett
Rated: PG
Trailer

How despicable can a guy who takes in three orphans possibly be?

This movie follows a super villain who goes by the name Gru (Carell). He’s fairly famous in the villain world but has never pulled off the super heist of his dreams. For this reason, he decides to steal the entire moon.

In order to do so, he needs  a device that a rival villain has. In response, Gru decides to adopt three girls so he can use them to sell cookies to his rival and infiltrate the security systems.

The film’s story is nothing too special. For example, compared to the other animated movie of the summer, “Toy Story 3,” this pales. However, the simplicity in “Despicable Me” works thanks to  its tremendous heart and fun characters.

The ones stealing much of the show were Gru’s minions, who mostly speak in gibberish and are basically screw ups but also have undeniable loyalty. The three orphan girls, Margo, Edith and Agnes, are also great characters and offer a perfect contrast to Gru, who always tries to play the evil genius.

Regarding Gru, the biggest strength comes from just how evil he acts in everyday life. Watching the character interact with the world using gigantic weapons is very humorous.

The animation has its ups and downs. The character designs are certainly over the top and other films, like “How to Train Your Dragon,” have shown better CGI. However, there are a lot of nice, vibrant colors featured here that capture one’s attention.

Overall, “Despicable Me” is an enjoyable family film with plenty of cute and funny moments. It’s not on par with some of the other animated movies from this year, but it’s still puts a smile on a face. High 3 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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