Story by Sergio Pablos/Screenplay by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio/Directed by Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud/Produced by Chris Meledandri, John Cohen, & Janet Healy/Music by Pharrell Williams & Heitor Pereira
Gru has an established reputation as a villain. But the truth is, he’s getting older, and his last few attempts have been kind of . . . well, weak. He needs to do something flashy and impressive–soon–or risk losing both his credibility and his financial support. And what could be flashier than stealing the moon? Gru immediately pulls together his minions and his colleague Dr. Nefario and starts working on this villainous scheme . . . and somewhere along the way (don’t ask my how; it’s complicated) Gru finds he needs some cute little girls to help things move along smoothly. Enter Margo, Edith, & Agnes, three orphans who have just about given up on ever having a real home. These girls are integral to Gru’s scheme, but somewhere along the line, they become more important than his job, his reputation . . . maybe more important than anything to the guy they call “Dad.”
Despicable Me is–in my opinion–a cute and amusing movie, although honestly not one I would give rave reviews. It has a special place in my heart for personal reasons, but looking at it objectively, it’s somewhat better that average (of the movies that I would even watch–there’s a whole realm of “average” films I wouldn’t even touch). In theme and style, it’s similar to Pixar’s movies–perhaps closest to The Incredibles—with a solid CG art style. The story itself is, as I said before, cute and funny–what should be a comedy adventure somehow turning into a family dramedy somewhere along the line. I know a lot of folks love the minions (and they are amusing), but I think the girls are what make the story for me–they’re totally written to pull heartstrings, and they do it with aplomb. I probably wouldn’t recommend this story for younger children (it’s crude at times, and kind of confusing as to who’s actually a “bad guy”), but for anyone elementary grade or older, this is a fun, family-friendly comedy movie.