Despicable Me

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This animated comedy, from the writers of Horton Hears A Who, follows Gru (Steve Carell), an evil genius masterminding the biggest heist in history: to steal the moon. His wicked ways go unchecked as he plots and schemes from his lair and manages to steal several world landmarks. One day, however, he meets his match in three little orphan girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes, who just want him as their dad.

Kiwi comedian Jemaine Clement is one of the many vocal talents, which include Danny McBride, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig and Julie Andrews.

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Studio

Illumination Entertainment

Animated, Comedy, Kids & Family

95mins

Rating: PG contains low level violence

USA

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Steve Carell provides the voice of Gru, a super-villain who is neither as ‘super’ nor as ‘villainous’ as he used to be. Looking like a sprightly version of Danny DeVito’s Penguin (from Batman Returns), he spends his days plotting to do something more evil than anyone else. Enter, stage right, three cute little girls, who make it their mission to tame his megalomaniacal ideas and set him on the straight and narrow.

This light-hearted caper is brightly coloured and up-tempo, featuring plenty of cool gadgets and baddie-vs-baddie hijinks. It feels more rooted in the present than some other recent animated releases, particularly thanks to the jazzy urban soundtrack, provided in part by N.E.R.D.’s Pharrell Williams.

There’s a street-smart savviness to everything, however, and by cribbing from many other movies, Despicable Me feels more of a spoof than a genuine tale. The hundreds of little yellow minions (some voiced by Jemaine Clement) are fun, but they’re really just different-looking versions of Madagascar’s penguins, or Toy Story’s squeeze toy aliens.

The post-climax finale is an obligatory disco dance-fest, with one of the minions providing DJ duties and Gru cutting loose. As much of the movie that proceeded it, it’s a little uninspired. But just because Despicable Me lacks originality doesn’t mean that it’s not fun. Your kids will have a good time – be prepared for a barrage of Gru quoting in the weeks ahead.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

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The film is funny, energetic, teeth-gnashingly venomous and animated with an eye to exploiting the 3-D process with such sure-fire techniques as a visit to an amusement park. The sad thing, I am forced to report, is that the 3-D process produces a picture more dim than it should be.

Christchurch Press (Margaret Agnew)

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It's not as dazzling as your average Pixar film, but fifDespicable Meltf is a fun, plucky movie, with its not-so-despicable heart in the right place. Guaranteed to entertain a wide range of ages.

Dominion Post (Linda Burgess)

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The sort of animation used in Despicable Me perfected by Pixar, and used in dozens of movies over the past few years is a gift to film-makers. It manages to be so realistic at times that you can forget it isn't real.

Hollywood Reporter

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Despicable doesn't measure up to Pixar at its best. Nonetheless, it's funny, clever and warmly animated with memorable characters.

Los Angeles Times

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The film throws so much ersatz cleverness and overdone emotion at the audience that we end up more worn out than entertained.

New York Times

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Despicable Me cannot be faulted for lack of trying. If anything, it tries much too hard, stuffing great gobs of second-rate action, secondhand humor and warmed-over sentiment into every nook and cranny of its relentlessly busy 3-D frames.

TV3 (Kate Rodger)

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I loved it – and make sure you stay for the credits.

Variety (USA)

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There's nothing like a little world domination to melt the most dastardly evildoer's heart. Since villains so often steal the show in animation, Despicable Me smartly turns the whole operation over to megalomaniacal rogue Gru.

Family friendly fun... (yawn)

If you enjoyed MEGAMIND then you'll enjoy this. Same set-up, i.e. the would-be bad guy learns that he is a hero deep inside... escuse me while I yawn and puke simultaneously, but I'm a SOUTH PARK fan, rather than a Disney dude. Anyway - knockabout fun for the kids but, unlike PIXAR films such as Up, WALL-E or MONSTERS INC, there's not much going on here for adults or film buffs. It works on one level - as a fun, slapstick comedy, much like KUNG FU CASHMACHINE... Take the kids, but don't expect PIXAR standards of animation, script or imagination. Liked the minions - but struggled to spot more than a mere hint of Jemaine Clement's vocal talents. Anyway the minions are basically knock-off versions of the alien creatures from TOY STORY ("the claw!") and the whole film has the smell of "stolen, seen-it-somewhere, knicked, hey!" about it... When does homage become stealing? I don't know, ask Quentin Tarantino! What do I know?

Go See Mega Mind get Despicable me out on DVD

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Go See Mega Mind get Despicable me out on DVD

A lovely movie with a good heart moving story line but Mega Mind leaves it for dead.


Awesome

Awesome movie the storyline was fantastic and the characters were fun and lovable. I would definitley watch this movie over and over.

Slapstick fun

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Slapstick fun

The humour is good and pulls out some decent jokes of the time but isn't at the levels of some of the bigger animated movies of the last couple of decades. The plot flow is a tad messy and reminiscent of a scatalogical Tom and Jerry cartoon. But the 3-D certainly gives this flick some extra pep worth the GST-inflated admission, especially courtesy of one stunning rollercoaster ride.

Review

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alsome better in 3d the yellow ones are funny

Pity the trailer spoilt it ...

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Pity the trailer spoilt it ...

Although it was great to find a movie we could take the whole family to without having to dodge "violence and sexual references" it was a real pity that the funniest bits of the movie had already been shown in the trailer and Pizza Hut commercial. Having said that, the little yellow guys were the highlight of the movie and it WAS funny if not particularly original ... but if I hear my daughter say "it's so FLUFFY!!" one more time I may not be responsible for my actions ...

AWESOME!!!!!!!!

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AWESOME!!!!!!!!

IT IS SUCH A GREAT MOVIE I WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN SOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOMEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sounds wiked

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sounds wiked

can't wait to see it the trailer makes me laugh by laugh i mean "does this count as annyouing blub blub blub" hahahahahah can't wait to see it.

Thoroughly enjoyed

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Thoroughly enjoyed

something for everyone

IT ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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IT ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope this movie will be a hit i like it wow!!!!!!!!!!!