Well, I was kind of hoping that this movie would offer something a little different, but instead, it came off just like a mediocre DreamWorks picture. In fact, I actually forgot that this was produced by Universal, and assumed it was a DreamWorks Animation project. Don't get me wrong, the movie kept my attention and was mildly entertaining, but much like DreamWorks movies, this movie failed in the second act. You know how some animated movies tend to get a little dull and boring in the middle, that somewhat happened with this.
“Despicable Me” is a story about a Villain name 'Gru' who wants to be at the top of his profession, by stealing the moon! His only competitor is a nerdy villain called 'vector' who steals a shrinking machine from Gru. The machine is required for stealing the moon. So Gru adopts three orphan girls who sell cookies to get inside 'Vector's super-protected mansion and uses them in his plan to get back the machine. But then what will he do with them later? Can a super villain be a father? What follows is an adventure that is mostly predictable, although it is enjoyable in every way. But although the tale of rival villains isn't terribly original, nor is the idea of a villain having his heart melted by adorable children, but the way Despicable Me blends these two ideas is just fantastic. Also notable is the way the star-studded voice cast handles their characters. The voice that steals the movie, however, is the adorable Elsie Fisher as Agnes. Almost every line gets either a laugh or an "Aw...” The plot has enough twists and turns to keep things interesting, and the antics of the minions provide a nice side of fun to the proceedings. Also, their reaching contest during the credits is a fun use of 3-D that had the kids in the theater reaching for the screen.
On the whole, the three girls are indeed very cute and Steve Carrel does a fine job in giving life to Gru. The 3D is impressive if not breathtaking. It's only the story that lags slightly in the beginning although funny dialogues and loads of slapstick humor make up for it. And in Conclusion, it is understandable if 'Despicable me' is not appealing to all adults. However it is definitely a movie that should be in the top part of a list of 'Good family flicks' to watch on a Sunday.
3 / 5