I found this gem of a movie on an overnight long train ride after a tiring and may I say disastrous semester at college. I have this problem where I need to spend hours browsing through movies and then end up watching my same old favourites. However, I decided to be impulsive and randomly chose the first movie that wasn’t familiar. Turned out to be Despicable Me! I am not much of a fan of animated movies but there are some that leave a lasting impact on you.
Despicable Me is a movie that is so sweet and wonderful and all things nice that it will keep you wanting for it to go on and on and on. With a star studded cast and a beautiful storyline the makers have created magic. The story revolves around mastermind criminal Felonious Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) whose ego is hurt when someone steals the Great Pyramid of Giza. he does what any other sane supervillain would do in his place. He decides to execute a bigger and even better heist. He decides to steal (drumrolls please) THE MOON!!!!!!!!
For this mega heist, Gru had to cross a hurdle and for this enter three little orphan girls, whom he decides to adopt. Sisters Margo (voiced by Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (voiced by Dana Gaier) and Agnes (voiced by Elsie Fisher). The rest of the movie revolves around the heist and how Gru juggles between regaining his super villain status and parenthood. With a little help from his army of minions and his trusted old assisstant Dr. Nefario (voiced by Russell Brand). What follows is utter mayhem that I will let you unfold for yourself!
What about the movie appealed to me was its plot. A straightforward plot about a man just wanting to be famous, albeit as a villain! Gru’s attempts to get his loan approved, his plans and designs falling through, meeting with failure, his minions Dr. Nefario and he girls rooting for him, all seemed too relatable to me! Just the circumstances. I think we have all been there. At one point of time or the other, wanting to feel validated for something that we are good at. Know what I am talking about. This isn’t just your mushy ,meant for kids alone fairy tale animated movie. This one is an emotional, meant to make you cry happy tears and cheer for the villain (?) and hope he succeeds kind of a movie.
With the cast, the voice over and the animation, the team delivered beautifully. Special mention must be made of co-director of the movie Pierre Coffin for giving voice to Kevin, Bob, Tim, Stuart, Phil and Mark, a handful amongst the army of minions. These lovable assistants almost steal the show away from everyone else. But more on these adorable beings later. Kudos to the animators for making everything seem so real. And last but not the least with tracks like Happy by Pharell Williams and music by Hans Zimmer and Heitor Pereira, this one is a perfect feel good movie for the times when you are down and feeling oh so low.
To conclude, I’d only say, go watch it! I promise you that you won’t regret it. Every time I watch this movie, I feel “Happy” like a room without a roof. This is one movie take keeps making me want to watch it over and over again. I will be back again with my take on the next movie in the franchise. Till then, stay well, stay happy! ❤❤
Disclaimer: The above review solely illustrates the views of the writer.