Saturday, August 7, 2010

Despicable Me - Movie Review


Starring the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, Miranda Cosgrove and Julie Andrews.
Directed by Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud.

For Best Animated Film of 2010, we have our third nominee. It's not as good as Toy Story 3 or How to Train Your Dragon, but it easily beats out Shrek Forever After.

Carell voices Gru, a modern-day supervillain who's conspiring to pull off the biggest heist in history. He wants to steal the moon. To do so, he needs a shrink ray. He steals one, only to have it stolen from a younger, nerdier supervillain named Vector. How to get it back? Well, fortune has it he's a sucker for girl-scout cookies. So Gru adopts three girls to deliver the cookies, one box of which will contain robot cookies. Work with me here.

So you have the worst possible parental figure in the world now serving as dad to three girls. Hijinks ensue.

The story arc is predictable from there, but I still enjoyed the throw-away gags, sight gags, and the extra stuff with the little yellow minions. (It never does explain where they came from. Did he make them in a lab?) If I had to choose between a Despicable Me 2 or a Shrek 5, I'd pick DM2 in a heartbeat.

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