Despicable Me Movie Review
One of the biggest hits of the summer, Despicable Me tells the story of Gru, the second most nefarious villain in the history of the world. A man with big ideas but poor execution skills, Gru is evil incarnate. He takes pleasure in the little things, too, such as cutting in line at Starbucks and popping children's balloon animals. "Evil incarnate" may be a stretch, though, considering he's just adopted three little girls. They were meant to be pawns, but he's falling for them and their childish antics. Still, love won't stand in his way to pull off his penultimate plan: to steal the moon.
Gru, voiced by Steve Carrell, is a pleasantly wicked character, one that could be channeled into a viable franchise for DreamWorks Animation if the studio plays its cards right. Unfortunately, I couldn't hear everything he said because the airplane I watched it on had the volume turned down ridiculously low (or, more likely, by audio jack was defective), but I heard and saw more than enough to convince me that Gru is one well written character, Despicable Me one well written movie.
The movie isn't packed full of delicious one-liners, but it is consistently entertaining and unique. Though Megamind has a mildly similar premise (focusing on the villain rather than the hero), Despicable Me had the benefit of being first mover. The movie is fun to watch and full of silly antics both parents and children will enjoy.
Now on DVD and Blu-Ray, the movie comes with several additional features including three mini-movies, a making-of featurette, directors' commentary, a look at the voice talent and several games and other items for the kids. The 3-Disc Combo Pack comes with the Blu-Ray, DVD and digital versions of the movie.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.