After dealing with Superheroes in many movies, we now have Despicable Me, which brings to us, Supervillain Gru! Wannabe worst villain of all time, Gru (Steve Carell in a hardly recognizable, but superbly different voice) has a bold new ambitious plan to make money. He wants to steal the moon and make a fortune from it. However, he doesn't have the money to finance his plan. So, he has to apply to the Bank Of Evil (formerly Lehman Brothers) for funds. But, he is not alone to pursue this ambitious plan.
There is also Gru's nemesis young Victor (Jason Segel) who seems to beat Gru in his game and by the way, he looks a lot like Bill Gates.
To steal the moon, Gru must have the Shrink Ray gun, which will shrink the moon to a size, where it can be transported back to earth. Gru and vector play a Tom and Jerry game to get hold of this Shrink Ray gun. The scene where Gru steals the gun and flies away with it and Vector chases him and takes it back and shrinks his aircraft with the same gun is hilarious.
Gru is supported by Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) who is an old scientist chasing his own dreams and manipulating Gru in his own way to become famous. However, he often gets the instructions wrong. Like, when Gru asks for cookie robots he creates boogie robots which groove to old 70's hits and when Gru asks for a dart gun, he creates a fart gun.
When Gru realizes that entry to Vector's mansion where the shrink ray gun is hidden lies in three innocent, cute, cookie selling orphans (Margo, Agnes and Edith), he adopts them quickly. But, they are more strong willed than what he had bargained for. He has to attend their dance classes, take them to an amusement park and even read bedtime stories to get his job done. The girls also seem to appear in his office, factory and even business meetings with the Bank of Evil, when he tries hard to keep them away.
If the story of Gru and his pet project is not keeping you engrossed, you can also look for Minions, the other lovely cute characters who keep doing their own stuff, like fighting among themselves or doing completely different things from what their boss wants.
A lot of Gru's space ambition dates back to his childhood. His childhood visuals keep coming back to him like a dream. And dreams are a recurring feature in this drama. Dismissing, unsupportive, somewhat sarcastic and definitely not interested Momma (Julie Andrews in a different voice) leaves a scar on Gru. You realize, Gru is nothing but an Overgrown School Boy, with a brat hidden inside, who gets fun out of making people miserable like freezing them to get ahead in the queue or giving a balloon to a kid and then deflating it on his face.
Ultimately, Gru falls for love of the children, which he didn't get much in his deprived childhood and gives up his long time dream, the Moon to get the children back from Vector. Definitely a toast to the theory, a little love can change your best laid plans and that no material pursuits or comforts can compensate for love. He also finally manages to win the heart of his mother in a rare moment.
While the great visuals, cute faces, bright colors and antics of the characters are going to keep the kids enthralled, the story and great humor is going to placate the adults.
The underlying theme in this adorable animation drama is parent-child relatonship, whether it's Gru and his Momma or Vector and his Dad or, the three orphaned kids and Gru. It's an adorable tale for Despicable us.
P.S. Don't miss the end credits which seem to bring out the best in 3D technology.