Despicable Me

Incompetent super-villain Gru (Steve Carell) hatches a plan to steal the Moon, in order to prove his criminal mastermind credentials to his evil peers and disparaging mother.

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Although it uses ideas familiar from Pixar’s The Incredibles and Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, this 2010 animation from Illumination Entertainment is a joyful, charming ride. And there is actually a ride at Universal Studios.

The talented voice cast includes Jack McBrayer, Julie Andrews and Will Arnett – but the breakout stars are of course the now ubiquitous Minions, who appear to be descended from the little green aliens in Toy Story.

hqdefault-2The silly slapstick sequences and high gag rate keep the story moving, as Gru’s plan involves adopting three little ballet-dancing, cookie-selling orphans – the youngest of whom (Elsie Fisher) is an adorable Boo-from-Monsters-Inc. lookalike.

In reality they don’t just let anybody adopt children without checking their home for things like weapons, but this is a film whose plot revolves around shrinking and stealing the Moon so reality is irrelevant.

What Despicable Me lacks in originality, it more than makes up in all-round cuteness and Girl Scout cookie humour to rival that episode of Friends where Ross broke a girl’s leg or that episode of real life where an ingenious child sold cookies outside a medical marijuana dispensary. There’s your mastermind.

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