Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Despicable Me

When you think "supervillain", who comes to mind? The Joker? For sure. Lex Luther? Definitely. How about others like Darth Vader, Magneto, or even Gargamel? Ohhh yeah. Well how about Gru from Universal's first ever 3D animated film Despicable Me? Yeaah, not so much.

When the Great Pyramid of Giza goes missing, it is called the crime of the century and the world doesn't know which of its supervillains is to blame. Unfortunately for Gru ( voiced by Steve Carell ), it wasn't him. So in order to secure the title of crime of the century, Gru plans to steal the moon and hold the world ransom; however, he must first steal back the shrink ray gun from his arch nemisis, Vector, by adopting three little orphan girls who can gain access into Vector's lair by selling him cookies. The scheme seems to be going as planned until Gru finds himself becoming distracted as he inevitably grows more and more attatched to his newly adopted daughters.

Universal Studios took their shot at 3D animation and it paied off for the most part. The 3D in this film is pretty good and offers a couple of "wow" moments during the few scenes that were obviously intended for 3D viewing. However, no film has yet to even come close to the 3D animation of Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon, which was amazing. With that said, the 3D in this film is still far superior than any 3D that Pixar has dished out.

Okay, so the 3D is all fine and dandy, but what about the story? Well, the story in this film feels pretty original compared to what Hollywood has been giving us, so that's a good start. However, once the movie progresses it can feel a little slow at times, but the light-hearted comedy and heart of this film is what saves this movie from being boring.

Overall, this film is light, heartfelt, and as goofy as Steve Carell's accent. It has enough eye-popping visuals to keep the kids entertained and enough heart and good spirited humor to keep parents into it as well.

See this film in 3D.

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