If you're anything at all like me then you may have sat and watched bemused earlier in the year as they advertised the animated move Despicable Me. The animation style was reasonably impressive, but I simply couldn't figure out what the plot of the movie was supposed to me.
As much as I enjoy animated movies, there's no way I'm taking up my limited time and paying the outrageous ticket prices (we won't even discuss popcorn) to watch a movie who's basic concept can't be discerned from the trailers. So I didn't, nor was I paying much attention to the DVD release as it rolled around earlier this month. By pure chance someone mentioned to me that they'd watched the movie and it was really funny. So I finally bothered to get my hands on a copy to watch at home. And now I really wish I had seen it in the theater.
By this year's standards the animation is nothing spectacular, but the cartooning is strong which is really more important. The plot (now that I know what it is) is fairly generic for a children's movie. Where Despicable Me scores big time though is in it's characters, setting and jokes. Plain and simple, it's very funny. Here we were a family of ages 5 through to 38 all sitting and laughing at the same movie. That's a rarity.
While the storyline itself was predictable the situations and characters were highly imaginative. It may not look as good as Toy Story 3 or How to Train a Dragon, but it was more fun to watch. And that counts for a lot in my book.
- DVD Review: Despicable Me (blogcritics.org)
- What we want from Hollywood in 2011 (guardian.co.uk)
- “Despicable Me” will cross $500 million (hollywoodnews.com)