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Despicable Me (2010)
Super-villain Gru is as shocked as anyone when someone steals one of the pyramids in the crime of the century. In order to establish his superiority he needs an even more brilliantly villainous plan: to steal the moon.
Vaguely watchable but uncaptivating animated super-villain action comedy that pulled but a single laugh from me during the entire running time and didn’t connect emotionally despite, or perhaps because, of its blatantly manipulative efforts. As is common among the CG animated productions, some of the design work is terrific (Gru looks great and the kids are textbook cute) but characters are over-animated. Techniques that work well in 2D cell animation (squash and stretch, very fast pose changes) don’t really work with many 3D characters, especially humans. They need to be animated far more subtly and to be closer to reality in motion and ability. On top of an unengaging story (super-violence engenders trust and love) and average animation, Despicable Me builds to an atrociously dull and drawn out closing credit sequence that only works in 3D and leaves you wearily pining for the next Pixar movie.
This movie contains mild bad language and violence.
Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.