Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Despicable Me (Pierre Coffin)

Gru: The villain with megalomaniac plans and a paternal heart.

Film Review Archive (date seen: December 30, 2010)

Good amalgamation of the usual colorfulness of the animated genre with the uncommon exploits of a villain (more of a larger-than-life thief really) named Gru, and the fact that he may not be as bad as what his reputation tells of. In terms of execution, "Despicable Me" do not have anything extraordinary to offer but the common 'change of heart' type of theme, but it surely does have its share of moments.

I'm impressed with the overall voice talents of this film, with the chief actors such as Steve Carell and Russell Brand not cashing in on their fame to just deliver a pedestrian, lackluster, 'do-you-recognize-this-voi
ce' type of performance; instead, they became the character, putting up unrecognizable, fairly ingenious voice alterations to accompany the visual looks of whoever they play. "Despicable Me" is a good (and funny) animated film overall, but it just did not hit the higher notes to maximize its entertainment value (unlike what "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" did).

What the film did was it relied too much on the 'cute' factor and the cliched interactions between the main characters, leaving the material's great potential still widely unfilled. I cannot say that "Despicable Me" is wholly inspired in its creation; but the concept surely is.


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