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A quotable, re-watchable masterpiece for all ages,
This review is from: Despicable Me (Blu-ray DVD) (Blu-ray)Not one for controversy, but Shrek... who? Toy Story... yawn.
Being a man of a certain age and having too many children aged between 5 and 22, I tend to measure the success (or otherwise) of films by the number of times it's referenced by the younger members of the household and how certain lines have become a part of everyday conversations... and this one has already taken a spot in the top 10.
It has everything: great main 'evil' character, Gru (Steve Carell), kids with attitude (the smallest, Agnes, is terminally cute - check out her cheek drums and her reaction to losing her toy unicorn to a wayward laser), hilarious 'Baddie' (and probably most quotable character)- Vector (voiced by the brilliant Jason Segel), an out-of-character but nonetheless entertaining Russell Brand as a senile, almost deaf, mad scientist. Even the small part played by Julie Andrews (as Gru's mum) is worthy of mention (behind every evil supervillain, there's a mother who... well, let's just say she wouldn't be selected to play the part of a singing nun!)... and yes, there are the minions. One of the funniest and most original animated characters I've ever seen (and who ever thought of the individual names is a genius!).
A final thought (Light Bulb!) - what happened to the merchandising? As far as I can tell, there're a few over-priced minions available and very little else. Lego versions of Gru's house, car and aircraft along with mini Lego minions? Or how about Vector's house with its shark tank?
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Initial post: 2 Jul 2011 00:13:58 BDT
Mr. Thomas W. Yates says:
You should write reviews for extra cash - just an idea
Posted on 30 Dec 2011 20:39:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Dec 2011 16:37:51 GMT
I was glad that the children were on the right side of annoying. Sometimes in movies like these the younger characters are written to be too "hip" or streetwise, but in this case I thought the children characters were very well written and voiced.
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