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No, no, no. I said DART gun.
Despicable Me (DVD)
Member Name: paulie1975
Despicable Me (DVD)
Advantages: Funny, charming, good story
Disadvantages: I have heard bad reports about the 3-D Edition
I came to watch this film without a single expectation and left it with a massive grin, I hope that tells you from the very beginning what kind of film this is!
In a lovely American Suburb, there is a huge gothic house, like something out of a Tim Burton story, in the home lives Gru (Steve Carrell) a super villain who wants to be the most evil man on the planet. Surrounded by his loyal workers (Weird little creatures with strange voices and big personalities), and his handyman/henchman Dr Nefario (Russell Brand), he plans a new super crime (With bank Manager approval) to make him the most super of the super villains, unfortunately, he is up against Vector (Jason Segel) a new Super villain, much younger with greater technology and begins to realise his limitations.
To commit the crime, Gru realises the one thing he needs are three small orphan girls who could be the key to stealing a super ray gun, hec adopts the three girls and gradually they see through his sinister persona and he has to decide whether super villainy or parenting are his priority.
Steve Carell ... Gru (voice)
Jason Segel ... Vector (voice)
Russell Brand ... Dr. Nefario (voice)
Julie Andrews ... Gru's Mom (voice)
Will Arnett ... Mr. Perkins (voice)
Kristen Wiig ... Miss Hattie (voice)
Miranda Cosgrove ... Margo (voice)
I loved this film, i've watched it twice and it makes me laugh (and cry a little) each time. I'm not sure I have heard of the director Pierre Coffin before, but the film definitely looks french in many ways, the characters shapes and mannerisms reminded me more of Ratatouille and films like that than some of the recent Pixar films.
The animation is awesome, it looks brilliant, the colours and shading are exceptional and it will appeal to kids and their parents.
I enjoyed all of the characters, the three orphan girls are a perfect mix of fear, impetuosity and orphans in need of love, they are sweet but never annoying. Steve Carrell is excellent as Gru, a man with many gifts, but clearly still disturbed by the lack of attention from his mum (Julie Andrews) during his childhood. He is an evil guy who you can never truly dislike and you spend the film watching him grow and evolve, Russell Brand is fine as Dr Nefarious, although at times I did wonder where some of his voices were coming from, he is funny but very much in a support role to Carrell and the girls as the main turns. Carrell has an accent somewhere between Dortmund and St Petersburg, whilst Brand has an accent that seems to mix soap opera characters with Vinny Jones. Enjoy the silly voices as its a silly, stylish story that really does involve its viewers.
Will Arnett is funny as always as the bullying Bank Manager, whilst Jason Segel is a blast as Vector, the new super villain on the block, a guy with lots of gadgets, but perhaps not overly blessed in the common sense department.
The actors clearly have fun, voicing these characters and the writing is amusing and wide ranging meaning it hits enough targets to appeal to everyone. The visuals are superb, the writing and story are great, there are some excellent set pieces such as the robbery scene in Vector's house and the visit to the Fairground, the little workers are amusing in a Fraggle Rock-esque way.
I have mentioned visuals and the storyline, now onto sound. This is another exceptional part of the film. The music is scored by Pharrel Williams of the neptunes and includes some music created by him as well as the Bee Gees, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Barry Manilow, the music is urban, modern and fun and really fits with this charming little film.
The film made me laugh, it has good character and plot development and builds to a lovely ending. The credits are either funny or annoying depending on your point of view, but it is a film that tries different things and looks absolutely awesome.
One thing I would mention is that both times I saw the film it was in 2-D and it looked lovely, it is dark, but has lots of colour too, however a 3-D version was also produced but I can't comment on its quality, I thought Avatar was exceptional in 3-D and Clash of the Titans was appalling, I would recommend trying the film in 2-D and then seeing how others have found the 3-D before allowing possible issues ruin this excellent little film
DVD Price and DVD Extras:
I watched the film at the cinema and subsequently on a flight, i've pre-ordered a copy for my niece for her brithday from Play.com for Ł9.99.
The DVD Extras that will come with the DVD are:
3 brand new Minion Movies: Home Makeover, Orientation Day and Banana
Voices Of Despicable Me
The World Of Despicable Me
A Global Effort
Gru's Rocket Builder Game
Super Silly Fun Land Games
Summary: No, no, no. I said DART gun.