Despicable Me is another film in the endless line of 3D mega films, designed to take even more money from you, only this one might be worth it. The film centers around Gru (Steve Carell), a wicked villain with a plan to steal the moon. He and his minions pride themselves on being the greatest of thieves and when they hear that an even greater scam had been pulled, someone stealing one of the great pyramids, he decides to step it up and aim for the sky.
One problem remains: how to pay for the heist. When the Bank of Evil (formerly known as Lehman Brothers) turns him down, he discovers the mysterious Pyramid stealer, Vector (Jason Segel) is now his competition. The first to steal the fantastic Shrink Ray, needed in order to steal the moon, will be the one the bank gives a loan to. Gru is not giving up though and through Vector’s weakness of cookies he sees his opportunity in three little orphan girls who are selling them. He adopts these little girls with the only goal being to get past the perimeter of Vector’s lair. Fortunately, the girls see more in him than evil, they see a father figure.
This family film is probably as good as it’s going to get this summer and maybe even all year. It’s got everything you could need: animation for kids, jokes for adults, 3D for everyone and lot’s of silly humor, mainly in the minion form. The animation and 3D go hand in hand. Most can agree that 3D has only ever stunned in the animation form such as Toy Story 3 or How to Train Your Dragon. That doesn’t mean it’s perfect though. Experiencing those awesome jabs and gags that they will throw at you will only be worth it if you are in the perfect spot of the theater, in the middle, and if your eyes are basically flawless. If your conditions are not ideal, fear not, there will still be some fun gags in the end credits which everyone will see, from every seat in the house.
The humor is a really good mix of adult and kid’s humor. There were many moments in the first twenty minutes or so, where the kids in the theater were giggling away, where as I was just enjoying the story. Pretty soon though, the adults get their laughs and once that happens, you will find yourself laughing at the kid’s stuff too. The minions are probably the funniest part of the film. The minions are hundreds of small yellow helpers that thrive on helping Gru complete his tasks. They come suited in overalls and goggles and speak their own hyper version of a language. While they provide the humor for most, the little girls provide the heart. The three little girls are: Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) all different ages and very feisty, especially Agnes, the youngest one. She has a particular obsession with unicorns and isn’t afraid to resort to holding her breath to get what she wants. The three girls collectively start to win over the heart of Gru and help him to realize what is truly important in life and it isn’t being the big shot villain he was aiming for.
After first finishing this film, I liked it, but that was about it. After letting it sink in a little more, I smile thinking about the film. When I see the trailer, I feel like watching the film again, and reliving the 3D. Most of the time, I don’t recommend seeing a film in 3D because it never adds much to the film, however, this is one I would recommend to check out in 3D. This has been the only film where one might feel left out if they only see it in 2D. As well as the 3D, I highly recommend seeing the film for the quality of story involved. There are great moments of sacrifice, love and bonding that are hard to come by in kid’s stories these days. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, it will become a part of you. You will at least leave the theatre less “despicable” than when you entered.
I give Despicable Me 4 “minions of my own” out of 5
by Angela Davis