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Despicable Me (DVD)
Member Name: magenta23
Despicable Me (DVD)
Advantages: Characters, humour
Disadvantages: The evil genius plot not original
I love kid's films and find that more often than not they eclipse most of the more grown up films out at the time. Despicable Me is one of those films and you certainly don't have to be a kid to enjoy it.
Despicable Me tells the story of Gru, voiced by Steve Carell, a super villian who plots evil plans from his suburban home. His partners in crime are Dr Nefario, voiced by Russell Brand of all people, and an army of yellow minions (who I refer to as tic tacs because that's what they look like!) Gru does not appear to have any friends or family and is soley interested on how is going to carry out his next evil mission. However he isn't the only evil genius in the neighbourhood, and when rival Vector, manages to steal a pyramid, Gru has to go one better to secure his super villian status.
His plan? To capture the moon, however stealing the moon is an expensive and difficult business and in order to do so and to secure a loan form the Bank of Evil, Gru must steal a shrink ray gun and the only one in existence belongs to Vector. However in order to get into Vector's house, Gru will need a really evil plan as Vector is very tight on security.
Cue Margo, Edith and Agnes, three orphans who go door to door selling cookies. 'LIGHTBULB!' yells Gru, all he has to do is adopt the kids for a while and use them to do his dirty work, then give them back. Simple right? I won't spoil any more, but suffice to say the girls have more of an impact that Gru was expecting.
To me from the description this seemed little like 'boy's film,' evil villains, missions into space, inventions..I wasn't expecting to like it really. However, even if the plot is a little unoriginal the characters more than make up for it.
Gru is a very likeable and at times very funny evil villain. With a unique accent and a host of catchphrases that kids everywhere will be using (including 'LIGHTBULB', what Gru says when he's had a great idea), you can't help but like him. However his tic tac like friends, the minions, upstage him ten fold. Cute little creatures are always a winner in a film but these are comedy genius. They speak in their own little language which is kind of like English sped up, and even though there's hundreds of them they are all slightly different and have their own different characters. I guarantee you will finish watching this wanting one as a pet. I certainly do!
Then of course there's the girls. Margo the oldest gets the measure of Gru very quickly and learns how to manipulate him. A little annoying but I guess her role is needed. Next oldest is Edith, cute and inquisitive she gets herself into the most trouble. I think the one most viewers will warm to is Agnes, the smallest girl with the biggest heart. She takes everything in her stride and instantly becomes fond of Gru, much to his initial annoyance. Three more brilliant characters, that will stick with you after the film had ended.
The look of the film is also impressive, it's colourful CGI and is attractive for kids, however it's also full of detail. Watch this a few times because there's always something going on in the background you may not of noticed. It's also quite fast paced, especially toward the end and there were a few jokes I picked up on second time round which I did not first time.
Overall, a fantastic film. While I saw this a the film only, my friends has since shown me the extra short films of the minions on the DVD extra. One of which is a hilarious series of events following the minions fighting over fruit, which means we are no incapable of seeing a banana with out shouting 'BANANAAAA' or and apple without crying 'Bapple'! Yes, we are 25 going on 4 ½ and yes I do wish I was a Despicable Me minion.
I am reviewing the 2D version but I can see in some scenes how they would work very well in 3D.
See this film!
Summary: Excellent entertaining film, whatever your age.