August 19, 2010
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Time and Time again, the animation studios have come up with original material. If only all other genres of films could take suit. Here is a perfect example of an original idea that connects with the audience.
Despicable Me is a delightful film about a washed up supervillian in search of his comeback. Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell) has been shown up by the new villain Vector (Jason Segel). To out-do Vector stealing the pyramids, Gru plots to steal the moon. What starts out as a mere plan, turns out to have a much deeper meaning to Gru. And with the help of 3 orphan girls, Gru learns so much more than he could have expected.
The film will definitely appeal to children, but I found there was a good deal of adult humor. The best one for me was the blatant Godfather nod. The film moves quickly and knows not to overdo the cuteness. Despite being filmed in 3-D, nothing is really added. The 2-D is just as exciting, if not more so because of no distraction. The voice cast is recognizable in their roles but fun to watch anyway.
It aims to please everyone, which seems to be its downfall. A solid family film, but it left me wishing it was a little more like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Definitely fun for the kids, and a lot less dark than Toy Story 3. 3.5 out of 5 stars.