Friday, December 17, 2010

Despicable Me

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Despicable Me - 5 out of 5

We are living in a golden age of animated movies. An age where both adult and child can watch an animated movie and neither feels cheated as the jokes and story are able to cater to both parties. There was a time when Dreamworks and Pixar were the only names in the game but as this age extends, more companies are releasing animated films and some are proving to be contenders with the big dogs. Sony was the first to join this elite class when they released Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (if you haven't seen it, you must! It is that good.) but now Universal has joined in with Despicable Me.

An absolutely hilarious story that revolves around a super villain named Gru who decides to use some orphans to help him achieve his goal of reclaiming the title of Best Villain by taking the moon. What follows is just pure fun. The animation is fantastic and very detailed and the voice acting is top notch. Universal go-to guys are here like Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) and Steve Carell voices Gru. But what was really impressive was the host of actors who were able to disguise their voices so well, you had no idea it was them while watching the movie. Often when watching an animated film, you can spend time picking out the actors who are doing the voices but the actors involved in this movie covered up their natural voices so well, this little game was almost impossible to play: Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down) and the usually irritating Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek). Honestly, my hat goes off to them for doing such a stellar job!

The story is heartwarming and fun, the acting is great and the animation is jaw dropping. Plus, the minions are the coolest characters ever! Another win in this era of great animated movies.

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