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  • Jul 29, 2014
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Film falls despicably short

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 August, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 August, 2010, 12:00am
 

A typical 'kiddie' film, Despicable Me describes the transformation of self-proclaimed super-villain, Gru, from evil villain to fatherly figure.

The problem is, Gru's most sinister crime is stealing the Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower - the ones in Las Vegas, that is. However, his efforts pale in comparison to those of Vector, his quirky nemesis, who stole the Egyptian Pyramids, replacing them with bouncy castle replicas.

The transition from villain to emotional human is overdone and messy. It appears that from one mishap Gru's fatherly instincts magically kick in, and turn him into the picture-perfect father figure. This unrealistic change will confuse many viewers as the development of his personality isn't explained.

Unfortunately, Gru is not the only character to lack plausibility: Vector is equally unconvincing. He seems to have a dual personality - transitioning from complete klutzy dork to ingenious villain at the drop of a hat, detracting from the authenticity of the film.

As a cartoon, Despicable Me does what it is supposed to do: make children laugh. But older audience members may find many of the gags too predictable to be genuinely funny.

Still, all this is somewhat made up for with Gru's innovative and hilarious 'minion' army, and little Agnes, an adorable orphaned girl who will melt your heart, as well as cause a chuckle or three.

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