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Despicable Me – Movie Review

Despicable Me movie poster
Despicable Me movie poster

I love this movie. 🙂

Catchy movie tune; cute little minions as comic reliefs; a ‘despicable’ yet lovable lead in Mr Gru (Steven Carell); round that up with three sweet orphans and a touching storyline with good moral values for the whole family; there’s a whole lot to like about the movie, Despicable Me.

Even if you do not believe me, you have to believe the 30+ omy blog club bloggers who attended the movie preview with me last Monday.

Two minions spotted at the movie preview at The Cathay
Two minions spotted at the movie preview at The Cathay

Move Synopsis (via wikipedia):

When a busload of tourists stops at the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, they accidentally discover that it has been stolen and replaced by an inflatable rubber duplicate. News of the theft shocks and puzzles the world.

In the middle of a suburban neighborhood sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden deep beneath this home is the vast secret hideout of the supervillain Gru (Steve Carell) and his army of mischievous little minions. When he learns of the Pyramid theft, his pride is badly wounded and he resolves to pull the biggest heist in world history: stealing the moon. Gru tries to get a loan from the local Bank of Evil (formerly Lehman Bros, as referenced), where he meets Vector (Jason Segel), and finds out that it was Vector who stole the Pyramid. Mr. Perkins (Will Arnett), the bank president, refuses to give Gru a loan until he obtains the shrink ray for the plan. As Gru leaves the bank, he shoots Vector in the head with his freeze ray while he’s reloading his Piranha launcher.

Gru and his minions steal the shrink ray from a secret lab in East Asia, but Vector promptly steals it from him; Gru makes several attempts to get it back, but cannot get inside Vector’s base. After seeing Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher), three girls who live at a local orphanage and are selling cookies door-to-door getting inside the base, he adopts them to get to the shrink ray. Vector has placed a large order, and Gru has his assistant Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) build several cookie-shaped robots that he slips into the boxes to help steal the ray from Vector’s vault. The heist nearly fails, but Gru and his minions eventually succeed.

Gru begins to bond with the three girls as he fine-tunes his plan and presents it to Mr. Perkins, who surprises him by refusing to make the loan. Perkins then tells Vector (revealed to be his son Victor, who made his villain name after the math term vector) that Gru has the shrink ray. Though Gru is ready to abandon his plan due to lack of funds, the minions take up a collection to keep it going. Nefario begins to see the girls as a distraction and has them sent back to the orphanage, breaking Gru’s heart.

The heist falls on the same day that the girls are to participate in a ballet recital. Gru shrinks the moon, pockets it, and rushes back to Earth – but he misses the recital, instead finding a note from Vector, who has kidnapped the girls. After forcing Gru to hand over the moon, Vector does not return the girls, but instead takes them into space aboard his escape pod. Gru gives chase as the effects of the shrink ray wear off (which Dr. Nefario calls the “Nefario effect,” the bigger the original size of an object before shrinking, the faster the effect wears off), causing the moon to grow and smash open the cell holding the girls. Gru rescues them with the help of his minions, while the (now full-size) moon wrecks Vector’s controls so that it gets blasted back into orbit.

Gru and the girls settle down to live a happy life as a family, while Vector is stranded on the moon with a minion that drank a sample of anti-gravity serum and floated out of the lab after Nefario forgot to close the skylight.

Movie Trailers:

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Rachel watched the movie separately last Friday and loved it too. Both my Macbook and her netbook are now decorated with Minion stickers all over.

The nice folks at UIP passed me some Despicable Me movie premiums today:

Despicable Me movie premiums
Despicable Me movie premiums

Here’s a picture of happy Rachel in her new minion tee-shirt and mug, ready for bed time:

Happy Rachel
Happy Rachel

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