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Jordy's Review: “Despicable Me” (2010)

Another review by my nine-year-old nephew Jordy...

“Despicable Me” is a movie about raising kids, so is it despicable, or is it despicably wonderful? It’s wonderful, that’s what it is.

“Despicable Me” starts out with an intro like no other: a superkid. If you’re wondering what I mean, a kid drops to his death, when all of a sudden, the pyramid he’s going to land on turns out to be inflatable. He flies through the air like superman, and from then on, the plot changes from a story about a naughty kid to a story about a tall bald guy, also with skinny legs, called Gru (Steve Carell). This man is trying to steal the moon.

Here comes my first complaint: how could he steal the moon? It doesn’t belong to anybody, unless you count earth. So he steals a shrink ray to steal the moon, and it gets stolen from another villain called Victor (Jason Segel). So he tries to get in to Victor’s compound to steal it back, and he’s horrendous at it, but three girls come along selling cookies and get in easily. So he adopts them, and he bonds with them, and soon he has to choose the moon or the kids.

The plot gets a bit predictable, but I still think it’s good. The humor is around gags for kids, but it is still goofy enough for adults. This movie is hilarious, although at times, it gets a little too silly. Steve Carell changed his accent to a Hungarian, I think. The rest of the cast is great, but Jason Segel is not as good as I thought the first time I saw this movie. The minions are my favorite characters and are easily the funniest part of the movie. The dialogue is good, but not great. It has some funny lines, like this one:

Layout: Gru tucking the girls in.

Margo: Let’s read a book.
Agnes: Three Sleepy Kittens!
Gru: Oh, no, that book was accidentally destroyed maliciously.

(Dog thing snorts)

Lines like that are very nice, while some can be stupid, like this one:

Layout: Gru stealing shrink ray from Victor, Gru hanging from vents. Victor’s pet shark tries to be Jaws and get Gru.

Victor: Quiet down, fish! Tell him to stop banging against the glass before he breaks it!

Anyway, once the movie starts getting predictable, adults might get a little bored. Kids will probably like the movie more than adults, though both my mom and dad liked it.

It’s a very good movie, and it definitely will get nominated for an Oscar for best animated film. And if you have not been keeping track, the first two are “How To Train Your Dragon” and “Toy Story 3.” (I’m not sure about “Megamind”).

Rating: 88%

Okay For 5+

Next Review: “Tangled” or “The Ghost Writer.” Comment on which!


Posted at 07:59 AM on Sun. Jan 23, 2011 in category Jordy's Reviews  
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dimarco wrote:

what a great review!
sounds like a fun movie- i'll have to watch it with my nephew soon.

Comment posted on Sun. Jan 23, 2011 at 08:53 AM

Robert wrote:

Great review!

I didn't particularly enjoy Despicable Me. I thought Gru's accent was overdone and the whole movie was too long. Of course, I loved the minions. Who wouldn't?

I'd love to read your review of The Ghost Writer.

Comment posted on Sun. Jan 23, 2011 at 08:53 AM

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