Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 2010. Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment. Story by Sergio Pablos, Screenplay by Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio. Produced by John Cohen, Janet Healy, Christopher Meledandri. Music by Heitor Pereira, Pharrell Williams. Production Design by Yarrow Cheney. Film Editing by Gregory Perler, Pam Ziegenhagen. Golden Globe Awards 2010. Washington Film Critics Awards 2010.
Being a world-renowned villain is about as precarious a position to hold as being a famous supermodel: sooner or later, someone younger and better is going to come along. This is the difficulty that smarmy supervillain Gru (Steve Carell donning a hilarious quasi-Italian bad guy accent) faces when the younger, more resourceful Vector (Jason Segel) steals an entire pyramid from Egypt. Now Gru’s collection, which includes the Times Square Jumbotron, is made paltry by comparison, and it doesn’t help that his critical mother (Julie Andrews) is constantly reminding him what a failure he is as a bad guy. The solution? He’s going to steal the moon, but in order to do so he’s going to need a loan from the Bank of Evil, and in order to do that he’s going to have to steal a shrink ray. This is where three adorable orphan girls come in, as they become Gru’s fiendish device to help him pull off the robbery until, after adopting them, he realizes that fatherhood is actually appealing. Sometimes dastardly clever, other times sweet, this colourful and inventive comedy is a bubbly distraction that entertains with its sassy visual puns and gorgeous animation.