Wow, two movies in two days, and Cats & Dogs 3D coming out next week! Plus tonight I finally racked up enough loyalty points at Reading Cinemas to get a free movie ticket voucher, so I have to decide what I’ll use that for. There’s no promos allowed on 3D movies, so that rules out Cats & Dogs and Harry Potter. Perhaps I should go see Inception, what do you reckon?
Anyway, so Despicable me was… Well for a start it wasn’t what I expected. I’ve seen villain on villain movies before, Oceans Eleven being a notable example though of course completely different. But the thing about Despicable Me is that the other villain doesn’t really play a huge role. Apart from a few major scenes, he’s not in the picture. The main plot of the movie is about Steve Carrell’s “Gru”, and how he’s changed by these three girls he adopts (initially to use them in his dastardly plan).
The good news is that this is a positive thing! It’s not a full on stop-the-criminal movie like Flushed Away. It highlights the need that children have for a father, and the way children change us adults. As a childcare worker, these are things I can easily relate to and appreciate. Mixed with this plot of course, is the main action of Gru competing with the younger but equally bumbling Vector to steal the moon! The action alludes to many spy and action movies you may have seen in the past, but not to the point where you’d be better off just watching the originals instead.
Comic relief (if such a thing is needed in children’s movies) is supplied abundantly by Gru’s small yellow minions (voiced by New Zealand’s Flight of the Conchords star, Jemaine Clement). The are small and cute and hilarious! Fear not, they are not just yellow smurfs and they’re far more entertaining than oompa loompas!
Also of note is that I went to see Despicable Me in 3D, and it was a worthwhile spend! Whilst not being too gimicky, the creators clearly knew when a healthy dose of the extra dimension would add to the experience. There were rare occasions when I feared something would jump out at me, but more frequently there were things I just wanted to reach out and touch, and that’s the true magic of 3D. When the credits roll, and the lady two rows in front of me stands up and then suddenly a yellow minion appears on screen with a prop that appears to be hovering above her head, that gives me a really buzzy feeling!
All in all, it’s a great movie. You could wait for it to come out on DVD, but it’d be great to take the kids to, especially if you can visit a 3D-equipped cinema :)
Oh, and I forgot to mention, it was my first experience of a rollercoaster scene in 3D, it was really cool!!!