Sunday, July 13, 2014

Family Movie Night: Despicable Me

Title: Despicable Me
Directors: Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
Original Release: 2010
Choice: The Purple Penguin's
My Overall Rating: 3 stars out of 5
via Wikipedia
Despicable Me is another film Purple Penguin had seen without us - several times, apparently - and she was eager to share.  Gru is a super-villain out to steal the Moon.  To do so, he must steal back the shrink ray which his rival villain, Vector, stole from him.  He enlists/adopts three orphan girls to infiltrate Vector's lair under the guise of delivering cookies - naturally.  In true Annie form, the charming orphans endear themselves to their adoptive father and Gru turns out to be pretty swell after all.

Then there's the minions.  To be honest, I expected there to be a lot more of the minions in light of their prominence in the franchise's promotional materials.  The minions are Gru's tiny, yellow, underground lackeys - Oompa-Loompas, essentially.  They are adorable and hilarious.  The movie was definitely at its best when they were around, though I suppose it's possible any more from them would have been too much. 

For me, the movie is just okay - funny at times, sweet at times, simple, harmless fun.  The story's predictable.  The computer animation is stellar, per industry standard.  The Penguin clearly loves it and wants to share the sequel with us next.  I'm hoping for more minions.


  1. We love Despicable Me.
    There are way more minions in the second one.

    1. Glad to hear it. I expect I'll be posting about that one soon, too.

  2. I love Despicable Me. I always get a kick out of it when I watch it, which is probably far too frequently. And yes, there are a lot more minions in the sequel.

  3. Love love love this movie and I adore the minions !
    One of my blog friends is crazy for minions as I am for Totoro.
    Yes, you will so enjoy the second movie !
    I play the song "Happy" all the time.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Seems to be the consensus. I'm not entirely sold yet but I enjoyed it.