Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Despicable Me: 7/10

Release Date: 15th October 2010
Length: 1 hour 35 mins
Rating: U

Despicable me is a film aimed at children, and so, as pretty much all animated films aimed at children, has humour relevant to adults as well. The basic plot is a man called Gru (Steve Carell) who considers himself as a truly evil person who carries out despicable plans which he then hopes to profit from. He has a super-basement full of tiny yellow minions (with families!) and an evil but old Dr Nefario (Russell Brand) building his inventions and helping him achieve his plans.

A rival appears on the scene in the form of Vector (Jason Segel) claiming to commit crimes with both direction and magnitude. (He is very proud of his joke. Don't take that away from him.) He has stolen one of the pyramids in Egypt and replaced it with an inflatable! Gru hears of this prank and begins to fear he is being replaced as "most evil villain in the world".

He decides on a plan to steal a shrink ray gun so that he can shrink the moon and steal it! He needs funding from the Bank of Evil, however, and it just so happens that Vector uses the same bank. Thus ensues the hatching of a plan to get the necessary funding to commit the desired evil!

Meanwhile, three girls Margo, Edith and Agnes are orphans living with Miss Hattie, who loves corporal punishment and is a bit of a slave driver forcing the girls to sell cookies to make the orphanage a profit. They attempt to deliver cookies to Gru with hilarious consequences, and Gru decides to try to incorporate the girls into his evil plan.

Steve Carell is hilarious as Gru, with a very funny accent. His mother, played by Julie Andrews, gives him just the right amount of neglect that Gru is evil, but just the right amount of formidability that Gru feels he needs to impress her! The girls are hilarious, especially Agnes who can be adorable and LOVES UNICORNS!

Well, 7:10 for me. Only because there honestly are other films in the world who are more deserving of a higher rating, though.

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