Despicable Me: GotchaMovies Review
Universal Studios’ Despicable Me opened this weekend against the classic, '80s remake of Predators and still had to compete with the record-setting Eclipse vampire saga. While everyone seems to associate Pixar with perfection on the animation front, Despicable Me’s box office triumph is proving that Universal Studios might be able to tap into that Pixar magic, too.
Though the voice actors, which included Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Julie Andrews, Russell Brand and Kristen Wiig, were an appealing part of the movie, they weren’t singularly what made the movie so great. Carell and Andrews did their Russian accents, while Brand settled in to his British old man character nicely. Vector (Segel), the true villain in the movie, had quite the personality with his dance moves, little fanny pack and sweat suit…
But it was those little Minions that stole the show and seemed to garner the most laughs throughout the movie’s entirety. A few fellow movie-goers made the point that the Minions were a “better”, albeit “ripped-off version", of the tiny aliens from Pixar’s Toy Story.
At any rate, they worked. Though, from a female perspective, and taking into account the resounding “awww”s throughout the theater, the youngest orphan girl (you know her from the trailer as, “IT'S SO FLUFFY!”) was an undeniable yes factor, as well.
Most notably, the music was impressive and fun. The theme song—by Pharrell Williams—so aptly titled, “Despicable Me”, actually played during the movie as opposed to the end credits, and it’s darn catchy. In addition to several other unexpected, delightful tunes from Pharrell, the soundtrack also boasts a bit of Bee Gees, Robin Thicke, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Who doesn’t love “Sweet Home Alabama?”
Overall, the movie was solid—nice graphics, great voice acting, smart writing with many laugh-out-loud moments, good imagination, and a cohesive score that kept things moving. The only part that wasn’t worth the money was the 3D effect. It didn’t hurt, but it wasn’t necessary. Viewers are likely to be just as happy with a 2D version.
Can Universal Studios’ animated pictures ever parallel Pixar’s success? Better not tell you now, but judging by Despicable Me's reception, signs point to yes.