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Despicable Me
Monday, 12 July 2010 11:24

Despicable MeIn the style of true super-villainy, Despicable Me has stolen the comedy rug right out from under the disappointing Grown Ups – proving that you don’t have to be a “grown up” film to make an audience laugh. This animated movie shows that great comedy needs more than just a star-studded cast and some fart jokes to be funny – originality and great writing go a long way whether you’re a cartoon or a comic. Take THAT Adam Sandler and your lazy script!

Despicable Me has its share of great comedians to draw on. Steve Carrell is the voice of Gru, a mean, nasty super-villain whose proudest accomplishment is stealing the big video screen out of Times Square. Gru wants nothing more than to be the best at being bad, so he isn’t very impressed when a new young villain emerges. Vector (Jason Segal) is an orange track-suit wearing nerd whose gadgets all look like they’ve been designed by Apple. He’s Gru’s only competition and the only one standing in the way of Gru’s ultimate evil plan – to steal THE MOON! Mooa-ha-ha-haaa!!!!

Gru and his MinionsLike all the best animated films, Despicable Me combines hilarity with heart to reel the audience in. In this case the “heart” is provided by three little orphan girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes. Gru first turns them away from his door when they try to sell him cookies, but then realizes they are the perfect cover for his plan to thwart Vector.

Gru and the girlsThe biggest laughs come from Gru’s “minions” – dozens of weird looking little yellow guys in overhauls that look like they belong in Monsters Inc. The strange creatures work in Gru’s underground lair and are used perfectly to provide big laughs and some of the most impressive use of 3D since Avatar. Don’t forget to stay tuned to the end credits for some truly eye-popping 3D effects.

Bravo to new studio Illumination Entertainment, whose first offering is anything but despicable.



Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, Starring Steve Carell and Jason Segal.

Illumination Entertainment is currently working on a film version of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, as well as The Addams Family stop-motion animated film headed up by Tim Burton!