January 7, 2013 Leave a comment
Directed by: Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud (Renaud was responsible for the terrible Lorax movie)
Written by: Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio (they wrote the underrated Bubble Boy)
Starring: the vocal cast of Steve Carrell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Elsie Kate Fisher, Jemaine Clement, Jack McBrayer, Danny McBride, Mindy Kaling, Rob Huebel and Ken Jeong.
What it’s about: a super-villain discovers there may be more to life than evil plans
B-Movie Alternate Title: I Stole the Moon!
What I liked: This is one of those animated films that actually manages to tug at the heartstrings, which is almost unheard of in nowadays non-Pixar animated movies. Steve Carrell does some fantastic vocal work with the character of Gru. The Minions are of course adorable and hilarious, and credit for that mostly goes to the animators who definitely had fun with the characters. There’s some decent writing going on here as well. I appreciate certain amounts of zaniness, and this movie certainly was overflowing with it.
What I disliked: Knowing that Russell Brand was one of the voices in the movie, and was somewhat enjoyable. Jason Segel’s character was annoying far past the point of “he’s doing a good job BECAUSE he is annoying”. As an adult, I disliked some of the set pieces that involved stupid physical violence for no reason than to get a laugh out of little kids, but that’s just a minor quibble on my part. Also, I bought this Blu-Ray at my Blockbuster, previously viewed, and somehow an asshole customer managed to scratch an unscratchable disc.
Would I recommend it to anyone?: Certainly, it is fun for people of all ages.
Rating: 4 / 5