In a world full of villains, one must stay on top of his game to succeed as the biggest villain of all. Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) believes he is that villain. However, he is competing against Vector (Jason Segel) to see who can steal the moon first, and in turn becoming the greatest villain of all time.
The movie sounds very interesting, including adding three orphan girls in the mix, however, the movie falls short most of the way through the movie. The girls (voiced by Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, and Elsie Fisher) do little throughout most of the movie, only allowing Gru to grow as a person. They have no real depth and I don’t understand how Gru fell to love them, but he does nonetheless.
Throughout the film you see Gru interact with the kids and start to form a bond with them after taking them to an amusement park. This is probably the climax of the film, although with many ‘aha’ moments for Gru, the film could really have had more than one climax.
The film is a lot of slapstick action brought in CGI form, and it plays well for the kids that go see the movie. There isn’t too much of a plot and the film relies heavily on the emotions from the youngest girl and Gru. The end of the film is the best part, where he realizes that he doesn’t need to be a villain to be happy, he has it all with the girls.
Entering at number one in the box office hasn’t hurt the film, but like some of the Shrek films and some of the other CGI films show, plot isn’t a major key. Families in the heat of summer need a place to bring their kids that are quiet, and this film will easily do that. I’m not saying this film is all out terrible, but it is miles away from reaching even the worst Pixar film.
Basically, if you haven’t seen Toy Story 3 yet, go see it. If you have, Despicable Me won’t be the worst way to spend your day. It has its ups and downs, but other than the great talent of Carell and his little yellow minions, its a lot of downs.
Final Grade: 7.0/10