Brought to you by Universal Studios Despicable Me stars Steve Carell (The Office) as Gru, an aging, mostly unsuccessful villain, Jason Segal (How I Met Your Mother) as a young promising villain and Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly as an orphaned girl forced to peddle cookies for the seeming evil Miss Hattie (Kristen Wiig).
The ads have everything to draw the kids in, and the movie has just enough to keep up the kids’ attention. In recent years animated movies had just enough adult humor and references to make these “family movies” actually entertaining for the whole family. Despicable Me has too many tendencies that pander to the children in the theater, rather than try to entertain the broader audience.
Intended to be cute and funny the minions, employed by Gru, fail to do either. There were times that I would grin or chuckle at the noises and gestures, but overall I found them to be overused and occasionally annoying. Some of the bright spots were Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) and the three orphans, of which gave the most consistent comedy.
With Pixar raising the bar to its highest level, it is hard for others to meet such standards. This film always felt like something was missing, but overall I have to take it for what it is, a children’s movie.
Still entertaining, but only average, I give it a 2.5 out of 5. Visuals, voice over, and music, a much better 4 out of 5.