Despicable Me

‘Twas with a smattering of skepticism that I went home with the DVD that a friend was all excited about lending me.

“It’s hilarious,” she assured me, “you gotta see it.”  She herself had already watched it at least 5 times.

Hmmmm, I thought, another one of those computer animated cartoon things for kids.  I mean, I liked Finding Nemo, but how many can you see?

But I took it, curious and eager for a few laughs after having watched the heart-wrenching tear-jerker she had lent me the night before.

For those who don’t know (and that had included me), Despicable Me is a 2010 American computer-animated 3D comedy flick starring the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Kristin Wiig and Miranda Cosgrove.

It was released July 9, 2010 and grossed more than $500,000,000 worldwide.  That’s a lot of zeroes, considering that the film was created with a budget of only $69,000,000.  It was entirely animated in a studio in Paris, France.

In a nutshell, the story is about a “supervillian” named Gru who kidnaps three orphan girls, Margo, Edith and Agnes, as part of his plot to steal the moon.

It is 95 minutes if pure viewing pleasure.

There’s more to it than stealing the moon of course — there is a little bit of something for everyone: laughs; adventure; a nifty theme song; high-tech (funny) weapons (a squid launcher!); satire; sappiness; AMAZING graphics; the pixelated streets of San Francisco; bad guys; good guys; a weird looking “dog”; a mean orphanage lady; psychological analysis; unicorns; It’s A Wonderful Life; and 100s of tiny yellow creatures called “minions” who are kind of like the Flying Helper Monkeys in Oz, but nicer and not scary.

I don’t want to give away any of the fun, but it should be safe to say that the basic premise of the film is “love conquers all” and you can never go wrong with a theme like that.

Gru is a facsinating character even though he is not played by a flesh and blood actor.  He has a great nose for one thing.  And he is a complex guy who, although psychologically damaged by his indifferent and hard-to-please mother, is capable of being transformed by love.  (As can we all….)

It’s one of those flicks that’s worth watching over again because it’s easy to miss all of the subtle stuff going on all over the screen…take your eyes away for one second and you’ll miss something!

And in addition to that, it’s a darn good movie for being a “cartoon”!


About pjh95811

I am a writer and poet living in California. I love cats, dogs, nature, poetry, spirituality and the Pacific Ocean.
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