Sunday, January 30, 2011

Despicable Me

Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud.
2010. Rated PG, 95 minutes.
Steve Carell
Jason Segel
Russell Brand
Julie Andrews
Will Arnett
Kristen Wiig
Miranda Cosgrove
Dana Gaier
Elsie Fisher

Gru (Carrell) is a supervillain who’s day just been ruined. Someone else has just pulled off the greatest heist of all time. It’s so big, it’s said the new villain responsible makes all others look lame. Not one to take being outdone lightly, Gru devises a plan to steal the moon. His plan involves adopting three little girls from the local orphanage. However, after that happens Gru finds he’s gotten much more than he bargained for. We watch his relationship with the girls grow as he tries to simultaneously plot his crime. As expected, there is much cuteness in this. However, the girls are a distraction and seem to be softening the ornery Gru.

Most of our comedy comes from the minions. These little yellow guys are, by far, my favorite part of the movie. It doesn’t even matter that you can’t understand a word they say. They’re just plain fun and totally willing to do all the dirty work. Our action is derived from Gru’s interactions with Vector (Segel), the villain Gru is trying to one up. When the two get together, there are plenty of fireworks.

DM is a very solid kiddie flick. Though there is some, it isn’t overrun with bathroom humor and the things meant for adults don’t completely fly over the kids’ heads. It’s an enjoyable hour and a half that doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but gives us a fun ride.

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