Despicable Me – Movie Review
In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. (Yes, the moon!)
Despicable Me is really an adorable 3D animation starring Steve Carrell as the number one bad guy of the universe who has been somehow supplanted by Vector, who is a young upstart who looks very much — I think he reminds me, at least, of Bill Gates a little bit. What ensues is hilarity, more or less. The animation is a little hard to review because part of it is really smart and really mean-spirited, which is wonderful. I mean, the opening song about how despicable I am and all the things I’ve done, and this guy is really cranky and is even wicked to orphans and lives in a terrible, haunted place with furniture made out of endangered species and in fact goes to his bank to get a loan and it says the Bank of Evil, formerly known as Lehman Brothers. Well, how can you not laugh at that? But some of the edge gets taken off in the second half where he adopts three orphans because it’s the way in to Vector because Vector likes cookies. So he sort of takes these three adorable orphans and of course falls in love with them. So the first part of the movie is satiric and funny and mean-spirited. The second half was a little drippier but kind of cute. Your kids will love it and the voice talent is terrific, also. Russell Brand, who can seem to do no wrong these days, is the Dr. Nefarious. I thought it was a lot more fun than I expected it to be and the 3D is terrific. Make sure you stay through the credits. I would give it three and a half stars.