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Minions Rule! Rick's Review of Despicable Me!

Rick here with a delayed review of Despicable Me. 

I went into this expecting a supervillain movie where he just tries to take over the world.  That is not what I got.  The resulting movie is a funny and filled with heart and some excellent performances from such talent like Steve Carrell, Russell Brand, Jason Segel, and Kristen Wiig.   Carrell plays Gru, a dastardly villain who just got one upped by Vector, (Segel) who was successful in stealing the Great Pyramid from Egypt.  He also has managed to hide it by painting it blue with some clouds on it as well.  Gru is determined to get back his title and because of this, he is determined to steal a shrink ray from Vector with the help of Dr. Nefario (Brand) and three orphan girls.  With the three orphan girls, Gru is forced to decide if he wants to use them only as tools for his devious plot or whether he wants to truly accept that despite his best efforts, he is actually a pretty nice guy who just wants to be accepted by his new found family. 

First off, the movie is incredibly funny.  The jokes are very adult but kids will love the slapstick humor.  Carrell and Brand have some incredibly funny moments together.  The sight gags are very, very funny.  With that being said, if there is any reason to go see Despicable Me, it is for these little yellow creatures that wear goggles and overalls called Minions. These guys are hysterically funny and are the henchmen of Gru.  But they are much more than that. They lead to some of the funniest moments in very unexpected ways.  Especially one gag where one minion grabs another minion, ____(omitted for not wanting to spoil as the gag is incredibly funny and unexpected)________________________, making him light up like a glow stick.  Funny, funny stuff.  There is more these guys but honestly, to say more, would be spoiling.  Needless to say, they are easily some of the best characters to come out in a movie in a very long time.

The movie has its heart in the right place.  The little girls are adorable and funny and they accept Gru for the person he is, despite his wanting to be the number one supervillain in the world.  The girls have some of the funnier moments in the movie when they are not being upstaged by the minions.    

If there is any complaint about the movie, it is that it tends to get schmaltzy from time to time but in ways that it tends to drag down the movie.  Also, Jason Segel's character was kind of a dull nemesis for Gru because while yes, the situations that the character gets himself into are funny, his dialogue and delivery came off as somewhat annoying. (But then, I think that was the point.)  Otherwise, the movie has tremendous heart and the comedy is very good.  This is definitely one of the better movies of the summer.

Final Verdict: 4 out of 5  
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