‘Despicable Me’ is a fresh and memorable summer family film

Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) and his minions are on a mission to prove that he's the world's greatest villain in 'Despicable Me.'

The biggest names in comedy come together to voice a family-friendly feature that’s dark, funny, and fluffy (IT’S SO FLUFFY!! You’ll see it in the trailer) all at the same time. Despicable Me is the latest creation in 3-D computer animation and not only includes a star-studded cast and hilarious and heartwarming story, but also a host of memorable characters. Hello minions!

Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is a clever and ruthless criminal who thrives on making lives miserable and stealing landmarks. When he finds out that another villain, the tracksuit-wearing, bowl-cut coiffed Vector (voiced by Jason Segal), has topped his honors by stealing the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Gru wants to outdo the both of them and steal the moon. He can’t do this unless he steals some technologically advanced swag from Vector, so he schemes to adopt three orphaned girls – Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) – and have them sell cookies to gain access to Vector’s home. As the plan progresses, so does Gru’s father-like relationship with the three children. But how will this harm Gru’s image and possibly interfere with his evil plan to steal the most important landmark of his life? Other key characters and cast include Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand), the elderly scientist assisting Gru; Mr. Perkins (Will Arnett), the Bank of Evil president who challenges Gru to earn the loan to finance his heist; and Miss Hattie (Kristen Wiig), the lady who oversees the little girls at their orphanage. Julie Andrews provides the voice of Gru’s mother.

Despicable Me wasn’t AS engaging as the previews made it out to be. It lost me a couple of times and didn’t grab a hold of me as much as I expected that it would. Nonetheless, the film was still loads of fun and the story was very quirky and original. Plus, as previously mentioned, the characters introduced are ones that leave a positive impression and won’t soon forget. At the very least, you’ll definitely fall in love with Gru’s team of minions and little Agnes (IT’S SO FLUFFY!!!).

Whether you’re 5, 15, or 50, this is another movie to put on your must-see list for the summer.

OVERALL SCORE: 7/10

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