DVD: Despicable Me

By admin
18 February 2011

Animated comedy.

2010. 95 min.

Voices: Steve Carell, Jason Segel and Russell Brand.

Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud.


Rating: 4/5

It's often said baddies make for more interesting characters than good guys. In this fantasy about rival criminals the bad guy is the central character – a wonderfully fresh twist on the usual family fare.

When the evil Gru (voiced by Carell) hears up-and-coming baddie Vector (Segel) has stolen the Pyramid of Giza he’s determined to reclaim his place as the world’s top super-villain and hatches a plan to steal the moon.

But then Vector gets his hands on the shrink ray gun Gru and his scientist sidekick, Dr Nefario(Brand), need for their scheme. To help get it back Gru adopts three orphan girls – but they have an agenda of their own.

The characters are original, the script is witty, the state-of-the-art animation looks 3D even in 2D and Gru’s giggling yellow robot minions will have you in stitches.

It’s hugely entertaining from the first moment to the last.

Bonus: lots, including featurettes and a game.

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