Monday, June 7, 2010

Movie Review: Despicable Me

I saw an advance screening of an upcoming movie this past Saturday with my lovely wife, my close friend, and his daughter.

It was Universal Pictures' latest, a CGI comedy churned out by the hard-working animators of France and American vocal talent.

And I must respectfully disagree with Bookmonkey's post regarding the awesomeness of 'Despicable Me'.

While Jason Segel's character Vector is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with, the true star of the picture and the source of the lion's share of the awesomeness to be had is in the personage of Gru (pictured below).

Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is a stone-cold old-school super-villain. Greedy, grasping Gru with his underground lair and his deformed minions and his schemes for wealth & power cannot be ignored. Because it's the CLASSICS, the tried and true, that really stand for something.

Like the heavy, steel, jet-propelled car; great for parallel parking.

Or a creepy old mansion, ideal for cooking up cunning plans.

And nobody will argue for long with a traditional freeze ray.

So, with my hat off to Bookmonkey, he is completely in the wrong: 'Despicable Me' is a gorgeously rendered, cleverly written, devilishly funny film treat, but it all comes down to Mr. Gru.

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