December 5, 2010
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Director: Pierre Coffin/Chris Renaud
Writer: Ken Daurio/Cinco Paul
Producer: John Cohen/Janet Healy/Chris Meledandri
Starring: Steve Carrell/Jason Segel/Russell Brand/Julie Andrews/Miranda Cosgrove
BBFC Certification: U
Duration: 95 minutes
Despicable Me is about a villain called Gru, who dreams of being the world’s evilest mastermind and wants to steal the moon. He has everything to do this but there’s just one little problem: he’s also taking care of three little orphans. The movie has some nice animation, which is very detailed and colourful and is something children will be sure to love and fans of animated movies will adore. A brilliant thing about Despicable Me is not only it’s loveable characters, which I shall talk about shortly, but the voice acting. Steve Carrell is brilliant as Gru and Jason Segel provides a great voice for his character Vector. Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier and Elsie Fisher also do a great job voicing the loveable orphans but, for me, the best voice in the movie is Russell Brand, who voices Doctor Nefario. Each of the characters in Despicable Me is loveable and funny, which hasn’t been a quality seen much in animated movies this year. Another quality that I noticed is that most of the characters in the movie were not one-dimensional and had their own personalities, even the Minions.
There was a lot of emotion in the movie which was quite unexpected. Yet again, this is an animation for children which sends messages that the adults can relate more to as there are two layers to Despicable Me, much like the Pixar movies. The children will enjoy it for the humour, the colourful animation and it’s Looney Tunes-like silliness and the adults will enjoy that too but it also carries a strong message about parenthood and sacrifices made to take care of your loved ones. The humour in the movie is fantastic and provides quite a lot of laughs from it’s characters but it’s mostly thanks to the loveable Minions. While it’s true that the movie can borrow quite a bit from other animations, it does it brilliantly with its lively and colourful animation, its charming story and messages and it’s loveable characters. Despicable Me is a winner and deserves to be up there with the greatest animated movies such as Toy Story, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Shrek.
Although it’s not as beautiful as the hand-drawn The Princess and the Frog or the beautifully animated Toy Story 3, Despicable Me still manages to provide some fantastic moments in which the animation can be truly striking. Most of the movie relies not only on it’s characters but on it’s humour and message, which is nice to see as some animated movies only focus mostly on animation. If you were charmed by animations like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, then you’ll like this too.