Mumbai: Not only kiddies but even biggies will enjoy ‘Despicable Me’ - the first animated 3-D offering from Universal. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud and written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul, the film moves along breezily with charm and energy.
The best thing about the film is it has wonderfully sketched characters; one just can’t help loving them. And it has layers of meaning which makes it an endearing watch.
The lead character Gru (Steve Carrell), who is ugly and hunched, is a show-stealer. He is the super-villain, who aspires to steal the moon. He tries to accomplish the task with his friend cum in-house scientist Dr Nefario (Russell Brand). After being refused by the ‘Bank of Evil’ to finance his plans, Gru decides to go ahead with his plan with the help of 3 orphan girls. But the twist in the story comes when the three orphan girls Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher), steal his heart instead and he ends up becoming a doting dad of the three.
Although there are some hilarious moments in the film but the emotional quotient of the film stands out. The film appears better than ‘Shrek Forever After’ and even ‘Toy Story 3’ in terms of entertaining quality.
The characters are cute in their weirdness, down to Gru`s shaggy, growling dog. Steve Carrell has done justice to the character of Gru and the same goes for Russell Brand as Nefario. Little Agnes is sure to delight you. The film will leave you smiling long after you move out of the theatre!
Rating: Three Cheers