Sunday, September 5, 2010

Despicable Me


I'm a huge fan of Steve Carrell. I'm a huge fan of Jason Segel. Did they make me love this movie?
No.

Despicable Me won me over with its three female leads - Margo (Miranda Cosgrove - iCarly, Drake & Josh, School of Rock, and a cameo in Smallville as Lana Lang aged 5), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) stole this movie from veteran cast mates such as Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, and Julie Andrews.


The three little girls are adopted by Gru (Steve Carrell - do I have to go through the list?) to unwittingly infiltrate the lair of up-and coming villain Vector (Jason Segel - How I Met Your Mother, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked up, and the legendary Freaks And Geeks).


Gru (with the aid of his multitude of minions) provides a home for the three orphans against the better wishes of his villainous colleague, Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand). While executing his villainous plot (which I won't give away) involving a shrink ray and robot cookies, Gru (without realising it) falls for the three girls (come on, you can't call THAT a spoiler!) and thus they all live happily ever after.


I saw this with a theatre full of 4 and 5 year-olds, and could not have enjoyed it more. Where normally things flying out at me in a 3D movie seem cheap and tacky, watching the rugrats attempt to reach out to the minions as they tried to climb out of the screen made me laugh almost as much as the movie itself. Stay during the credits for more minion action (after watching Despicable Me, you'll love the minions. Trust me on this).

If you have kids, make sure you see this. If you don't, borrow somebody else's and take them.
-Chris

Despicable Me is already showing in US cinemas, and hits cinema screens in Australia on September 9th, and in the UK on October 15th.

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