Despicable criminal mastermind Gru (voice of Steve Carell) wants to set himself apart from his arch-rival Vector (Jason Segel), so he decides to steal the moon by shrinking it down to the size of a trinket that will fit in his pocket. But before he can set things in motion he ends up adopting a trio of orphans who make him want to be something more than merely despicable.
Poor Gru is a casebook example of a mama’s boy, but with Julie Andrews handling her voice work, he deserves a little slack, and it is certainly tough out there in the big bad world of big bad bad guys when your chief gadgets dude, Dr.
Animated features have built-in buoyancy and a certain lightness of touch, so it is usually best to refrain from tugging at the heartstrings (or the laugh lines) with too much gusto, unless there’s enough magic to cast a spell over both children and adults equally. Gru, his adopted daughters and his minions stole a little piece of my heart, but Despicable Me failed to capture my full unbridled imagination. Grade: B
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