When I received the preview tickets to see Despicable Me, I didn’t know what to expect as I really hadn’t heard anything about the movie – I was only aware of the buzz surrounding Toy Story 3 and Shrek: The Final Chapter. I deliberately didn’t read any reviews nor watched any previews of the movie on Youtube – well, I admit I watched one of them and it was enough to make me curious about the movie.
I was handsomely rewarded by the movie – I watched it with Yani and two of my friends from church this morning and it was funny, it was fresh and it was hugely entertaining. The storyline is simple to make it palatable and appropriate for young moviegoers. However, if you think that older viewers can have a bit of a snooze while the children are giggling away happily, you are mistaken! Some of the humours are adult (like “The Bank of Evil (formerly called The Lehman Brothers)”). 🙂
The story revolves around Gru – a smart man who wants to be the biggest super-villain in the world. When one of the Pyramids in Egypt was stolen, people thought that it was him who did it when in fact it was a young upcoming villain called Vector. Gru wants to prove to the world that he still has it within him to conduct the biggest heist in the history of humankind – he wants to steal the moon! He plans to fly to the moon, shrink it using the Shrink Ray gun and then bring it down to earth as a trophy. Tangled in his plan are three children called Margo, Edith and Agnes – the orphans at Miss Hattie’s Home for Girls. Gru initially wanted to use the girls to infiltrate Vector’s fortress to steal the Shrink Ray gun. At the end the girls teach Gru about love and acceptance. What about the moon? Can Gru steal the moon? You will have to watch the movie to find out!
It is such a cute movie – as Gru has hundreds of assistants called the minions – little yellow creatures who help Gru with his evil plans. They are so hillarious to watch, complete with their own babytalk language. 🙂 If you can watch it in 3D, do watch the movie in 3D theatres and please do not start moving as soon as the movie finishes. Stay put and watch the little movie snippets at the end, you will enjoy the 3D treats as served by the funny minions. 🙂 Agnes will also steal your heart – she is one funny cookie: just watch the trailer when she squeezes the stuffed unicorn and screams “It’s so fluffy!!!!”. Hahaha. 😀
Steve Carrell is the voice behind Gru and there are other names such as Julie Andrews, Russell Brand, and Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) lending a hand.
The movie is highly recommended if you feel like a heart-warmer and if you feel like cheering up – it may satisfy your inner-child and remind you that you shouldn’t be a grumpy grown-up all the time! The movie is screening in the US on July 9, 2010 and in Australia on September 9, 2010.