Despicable Me (2010)

The trailer a few months ago was short and “sweet”. 

A satisfied-looking man in a suit  walking in the park came across a kid crying over a scoop of ice cream that dropped on the ground.  The creepy-looking man with the pointed nose then assembled a dog-shaped balloon out of his pocket and gave it to the kid.  Once the kid was elated with his new toy, creepy man deflated the balloon with one needle poke.  The man then gets the kid out of his way with one swift motion of his hand and walks on. 

He had the talent to give and take back just for the mere satisfaction of making others more miserable than before.  He was Mr.Gru, the professional misery-maker.  He bestows catastrophe on a higher scale.  He works globally.

He was the super villain until someone else made a super steal – a pyramid in Egypt.  He needed to come up with another outrageously awful crime to get back to the top.  Then here comes Vector, formerly Victor, who carried a grudge against Gru for freezing his head off after meeting him  at formerly Lehman Brothers bank where Gru was supposed to get his loan to fund for his next crime.

With Dr.Nefario’s help along with the Minions, Gru finally got the shrinking device to make his super steal – the moon.  Unfortunately, Vector was able to steal it from him.  Now, Gru needed the help of three orphans – Edith, Agnes and Margo – to penetrate Vector’s ridiculously armed fortress in order to get his shrink ray gun back. 

After he got the device back, he was then off to get rid of the three orphans in an amusement park.  He then went home, the three orphans still in tow along with newly found fondness over them. 

Everything was set to bring about another global, and this time, universal distress.  He was ready to steal the moon.  The only thing that was distracting him was that he who had a deprived childhood, wanted to spend more time with the kids.  And Dr.Nefario who noted Gru’s sudden lack of interest to continue the mission, helped get rid of the children.

In the end, Gru was able to steal the moon and was able to bring it back in spaceon the same day. He was also able to get his kids back.  And now Gru, the super villain that he was, is not so bad as he is now trying to be the super dad. 

There are scenes in the movie where a 3D cinema would allow you more to appreciate the animation much better – namely in the roller coaster scene.  I could just imagine because I’ve watched the movie in a regular cinema.  The story line isn’t that unique.  It is even comparable with the movie Up.  Kids will soften the hearts of  grumpy men – both old and not so old. 

If kids of today watch cartoons of the past, they would probably think they’re really old flicks created with no help from technology.  All characters were flat.  Colors were vivid but not as dynamic as the animation made for 3D cinemas these days.  Storywise, cartoons of the past were still notably incomparable hence, still enjoyable.  It was more of a story-telling experience rather than an experience of the newest technology.  

I recommend people looking for a happy ending watch this movie.  So far, it has been the most entertaining animated film of the year.  It is far from realistic and is truly an escape from what we cannot attain in real life – a change of heart.

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2 Responses to “Despicable Me (2010)”

  1. BF and I have also watched this movie. It was overall very enjoyable and had no dull moments for me. 🙂

    • hangingbridge Says:

      I’m sure my husband would have loved to watch the movie too. Unfortunately, I was with my cousins when I got to see it 😦

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