Despicable Me (2010)

Despicable Me (2010)
  • Time: 95 min
  • Genre: Animation | Comedy | Crime
  • Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
  • Cast: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand


In a happy suburban neighbourhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbours, hidden deep beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by an army of tireless, little yellow minions, we discover Gru, planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon (Yes, the moon!) to prove to his Mum that he is better than the other super-villains, especially the new kid on the block, Vector. Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze guns and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential dad.


  • I watched this film for the first time on DVD last week and I found it to be an absolutely hilarious and entertaining film for people of all ages to enjoy. It is about this lovely house which is in a suburban neighbourhood but unknown to the neighbours, there is something hidden underneath this home which is a secret hideout. The hideout is completely surrounded by a small army of little creatures called minions, who are looked after by a strange man called Gru that is planning to steal something very precious. I really loved the character of Gru who is completely armed with his collection of arsenals to enable him to get rid of anybody who happens to get in his way! One day he meets three little orphaned girls called Margo, Edith and Agnes, that would like Gru to be there dad. The film was so great that I could not stop watching throughout the movie. I found the little girl in the film to be very cute and funny! I could not stop laughing at times! Kids will really love this film and I also recommend it to adults as well, as there are some very funny parts in the film! I thought that this was one of the best animation films that I have ever seen!

  • Directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud have made the third best animated film of the year thus far after Toy Story 3, and How to Train Your Dragon. I may sound consolatory, but I am putting things into perspective.

    Despicable Me is a very good animated film, but the quality of Pixar’s and DreamWorks’ outputs this year remain unsurpassed. But then again, if 2010 serves up another animated feature that is every bit as delicious as Despicable Me, I will have no complains.

    Written by Ken Daurio (Horton Hears a Who!, 2008), Despicable Me is a story about a deplorable man called Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) who dreams of stealing the Moon by shrinking it using a shrink ray.

    A villain at heart, Gru is cold, calculating, and hates children. Together with Dr. Nefario, and an army of cute, yellow, goggle-wearing technicians called Minions, Gru attempts to build a rocket that will fly him to the Moon to commit the “crime of the century”.

    Enter three innocent orphans, Margo, Edith, and Agnes, who are “adopted” by Gru to be part of a plan to steal the shrink ray from an arrogant young villain named Vector, whose fortress house is almost impenetrable.

    Despicable Me is a comedy-adventure that allows us to witness the thawing of Gru’s cold heart as the three orphans find their way into his life, which until their arrival has been a perpetual lonely and emotionally unsatisfying existence.

    As much as the film is about the transformation of a despicable and aggressive man into one that is gentle and caring, it is also quite a cheeky portrayal of the “greed and (over)ambitiousness of Man”.

    This can be seen in the context of the film where villains are able to get funding for their evil projects from the Evil Bank (formerly known as Lehmann Brothers in a clever if-you-blink-you-will-miss-it moment).

    Despicable Me is generally engaging and the main reason for this is its high humour quotient, of which it relies quite extensively on farcical visual gags and near-incomprehensible verbal banter by the Minions.

    Now, the Minions are a real funny lot. They look funny, talk funny, and even laugh funny. Their interactions with each other, Gru, Dr. Nefario, and the three orphans are indisputably the film’s scene-stealers. In fact, the animation, which I feel is on par with Pixar’s, is unfortunate to be outshined by the Minions.

    Despicable Me is ninety minutes well-spent. Even though it is not as emotionally wrenching as Toy Story 3, nor is it adventure in its purest incarnation as presented in How to Train Your Dragon, this Coffin-Renaud effort is still a very well-made film. The Minions are so hyperactively addictive that a sequel will be more welcomed than not. Enjoy.

    GRADE: B+

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