MOVIE REVIEW: Villain shows his soft side in ‘Despicable Me’

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

A bad thing – heck, an evil thing – leads to a sweet thing in the animated feature, “Despicable Me.”
Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is a supervillain who’s going through a rough patch. The Evil Bank has turned down his loan, and there’s another supervillain, Vector (Jason Segel), out there stealing headlines.
Gru needs to get into Vector’s well-protected lair, and he finds his answer when a trio of orphans walks straight in to sell Vector some cookies.
So, yeah, it’s an evil thing to adopt Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher), but the Law of Unintended Consequences is in full effect.
Before long, Gru is trying to balance his work as an evil genius with tea parties, night-night story time and theme park visits.
Luckily for him, Gru has a team of minions, hundreds of little yellow guys who good-naturedly do their boss’ bidding. The minions also humanize Gru a bit because he knows them each by name, a small gesture that let’s you know the supervillain has a heart.
Gru’s drive to succeed at work will eventually clash with his growing paternal feelings. What’s a supervillain to do when the orphans are no longer useful to his mission?
There’s some old-fashioned slapstick humor, several things blow up in funny ways, and the minions are usually good for a chuckle.
The story’s slow at times, and there are predictable moments, but “Despicable Me” is a solid family film with something to entertain audiences of all ages.
By the way, I caught the 3-D version, and it seemed to add to the experience.
I give “Despicable Me” a B.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.

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Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “Despicable Me” a B plus. “I want my own minion.”