I was not quite sure how I would feel about the movie Despicable Me. I know children learn from what they see. I strongly believe that and enforced television, movie, and game selection. My picks were G and PG. Sure I made a few errors like the time I chose a movie because it starred Sean Connery, an excellent actor with box office hits. Had I known more about the film Rising Sun than its actors, our family would have chosen almost anything else. Live and learn.
Anyway, who would have thought I would approve of a film with a mastermind criminal, the world’s top bad guy no less, as the hero? For anyone worried that supervillain Gru would prove negative example–not to worry. Despicable Me does not glorify evil villains. Instead it shows no one (not even Gru) is all good or all bad, some (like Vector) are worse than others, and things can change with a little help and love. Enter Margo, Edith, and Agnes, three orphaned little girls Gru takes in for the wrong reasons.
Add a stolen pyramid, the Bank of Evil. a shrink ray gun, robot cookies, a roller coaster ride, a ballet recital and the moon together and what results is 95 minutes of sheer family-friendly comedy. I can understand why Universal is considering a sequel to its first CGI feature, Despicable Me. Last summer both critics and audiences loved this low budget big 2010 movie hit.
Voice performances from Steve Carrell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, and Miranda Cosgrove excel. Even without 3-D, the creative use of light in early scenes of Gru and his minions is great eye candy. Those yellow, ball-shaped, one or two eyed, accident prone sidekicks make for some funny sight gags. I appreciate the inclusion of the Sleepy Kittens puppet book into the feature. Gru’s reading to children showed him change to a pretty nice guy plus the scene itself sends a positive message on how to build good habits.
The 3-Disc Blu-Ray Combo Pack Despicable Me is priced at $39.98 and has great bonus features. My favor is the three all-new mini-movies, “Homemakeover,” “orientation Day,” and “Bananas.” I found myself laughing and smiling at every one of them just like in the good old days of the silver screen where cartoons and newsreels were audience staples. Other features include The world of Despicable Me, Despicable Beats, Gru’s Rocket Builder, Miss Hattie’s Top Secret Cookie Recipes, Commentary with the Directors and the Minions, The Voices of Despicable Me, Supper Silly Fun Land.
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