By: John ’Doc’ Strange
Directed by: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
Starring the Voice Talents of: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, Danny McBride
MPAA Rating: PG (for rude humor and mild action)
Selig Rating: Full Price
Runtime: 95 Min
Animation in 3-D is almost becoming old hat but good stories will never die. DESPICABLE ME is a nice story about a bad man who despite his best efforts finds love in the hearts of three sweet little girls. The fact is, the 3-D actually enhances the story and gives it an extra quality, a "depth" if you can handle the pun.
Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is determined to be the best criminal in the world. When it discovered someone else has stolen to Great Pyramid from Egypt, he realizes it is time to attempt the greatest theft ever! He is going to steal… THE MOON!
All he needs is a shrink ray and the money to pay for building the rocket ship he needs. At the Bank of Evil (make sure you take a look at what it says at the bottom of the sign), he hits his first roadblock, Mr. Perkins (Will Arnett). Gru has to get his hands on the shrink ray before he has any shot at getting the money he needs. Enter Vector (Jason Segal), the thief who has the pyramid. He is told by Perkins to get the ray before Gru can.
Wow, so far it’s all bad guys, now we have the good guys entering into the story, pulling a little wagon full of cookies. Cookies they have to sell to keep Miss Hattie (Kristen Wiig), the administrator at the orphanage happy. Gru adopts the three little girls, Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Agnes).
The interactions between a headstrong oldest girl and the sweet adoration of the youngest with the despicable Gru are a wonderful sight to see. Gru’s little yellow henchmen are a scream and his scientist/partner Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) is the perfect counter point in his wheelchair.
This story is a good watch for the kids and the parents as well. I had a lot of fun watching this film! You and your kids will have a great time watching this one! My favorite 3-D moment I have to admit was not actually during the movie but during the credits. Don’t really know why but the henchmen are stretching a ladder out toward us. The man in the row gets up to lead his three kids out of the theater. The ladder appeared to sit on his shoulder. Very cool!
Movie Site: www.despicable.me