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Despicable Me (2010) Review

I will be reviewing all of the movies in the Despicable Me franchise, one day at time leading up to the release of Despicable Me 3.

On Wednesday, I posted the Despicable Me 2 review, which is linked right here.

On Thursday, I posted the Minions review, which is linked right here.

On Friday, I posted the Despicable Me 3 review, which is linked right here

This movie was the first movie that was produced by Illumination Entertainment, and was released by Universal Pictures. It was directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, and stars a really great cast for the voices of this animated film. The cast includes Steve Carell as Gru, Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario, Julie Andrews as Gru’s mom, Will Arnett as Mr. Perkins, Kristen Wiig as Miss Hattie, Miranda Cosgrove as Margo, Dana Gaier as Edith, Elsie Fisher as Agnes, and Jason Segel as Vector.

I will start by saying that I really enjoyed this movie, and thought that it was a different take on movie heroes. The music was light and entertaining to listen to. Making Gru a villain, and a bad person overall was a brilliant way to give the character a believable and wonderful story arc. The actual villain of the movie was great and interesting take on a bad guy. Gru’s mom seems to have been an awful mother for Gru growing up, and is a total badass in her scene with her on the phone calling her son about the Pyramid. The three little girls are well portrayed and really bring the whole movie together. Dr. Nefario is a hard – hearing genius. The characters that really stole the movie for me were the Minions. They were a wonderful balance of stupidity, heart, fun, and crazy.

I had a few problems with the movie, which will be explored in the spoiler review as they are related to story points.

Spoilers Ahead!!

 

 

 


I had problems with the orphanage as a whole, it felt very unsatisfying not seeing Miss Hattie get her due at the end of the movie. Sure, the girls’ end up with Gru somehow?, but what about the other kids there, they are still suffering under tyrannical running of the orphanage.

I also had problems with Gru miraculously being able to get past every single measure of Vector’s security with extraordinary ease on his way to saving the girls when he could not even get past one portion of it earlier in the movie.

I found that the hard of hearing joke with Dr. Nefario was overdone after repeating the same joke over and over throughout the film.

The turnaround of complete hatred of the children, and then falling for their charm was too quick for me. He went to that fair to abandon them there, and ends up returning home in face paint and cotton candy. It was just too quick for my liking, I liked that they showed he didn’t change that much when the girls were taken away, but I feel like it was an incredibly short amount of time between hating them so completely that he didn’t care if one of them died (Edith almost dies multiple times when they first arrive at the house), to risking everything in trying to save them at the end.

I loved the story and character arc that he had, I just felt it was too rushed.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Spoilers Are Done!

Overall, while there was some problems with the story of the movie, I feel that the characters (especially), music, and the enjoyment that I had while watching this movie was so fantastic, that I, personally, could not give this movie a lower score. I would give this movie a 7.75/10

What did you think of the movie? Do you agree with my score? Are you excited for the next installment in this franchise? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading,

Alex

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