Despicable Me movie review - Aussieboyreviews
IS DESPICABLE ME A FUNNY VILLAIN-GOES-HERO ANIMATION?
Focusing on Steve Carrell voicing a hilarious villain who ends up being the one to save the day, Despicable Me is a very funny and distracting comedy for kids. This animation is charming and entertaining.
When the criminal mastermind, Gru, adopts three orphaned girls to assist him in carrying out history’s biggest heist, his life takes an unexpected turn when he discovers he genuinely cares for them.
Director: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
Cast: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher, Pierre Coffin, Kristen Wiig, Julie Andrews
Writer: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
Release Date (Australia): 9 September 2010
Runtime: 95 minutes/1h 35m
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Adventure
CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)
The film features thematic elements such as crude humour, perilous situations and sense of threat .
The film contains animated depictions of slapstick violence, including punches and characters being hit with objects.
The film features scenes that include comedic pictures of animated buttocks nudity.
PG (for rude humor and mild action)
Aussie boy's thoughts
Steve Carrell’s voice acting highlights his natural sense of funniness, but Despicable Me is just family entertainment you can’t really say anything about. Many animated films for children usually try to do something different or unique, whether that involves talking animals for characters, fantastical themes and magic, or just a different touch to the genre. This animation kind of digs around in the family-friendly crime genre.
Gru is a hilarious character with a pointy nose who simply just wants to be the world’s biggest villain of all time. He plans to steal the moon, however, his motives aline him with another wanna-be-famous villain in an orange jumpsuit and quirky style. That’s where the film becomes creative and inventive, involving sequences of these villains stealing from each other in spacecrafts and using bombing technologies.
Then there’s the girls Gru adopts to help him, voiced by talented young actresses Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier and Elsie Fisher, who cleverly portray some big emotions through talking. This is the theme that makes the lead villain a sweet villain, who ends up caring for the girls and being the hero. This is a simple and entertaining distraction for kids of all ages, with plenty of jokes and some references for adults as well.
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