“It’s so fluffy!!”
“It’s so fluffy!!”
That’s says quite a bit about this movie, but not the way you might think a bunch of sarcastic, snarky movie reviewers mean it. See the movie, you’ll get the context of that exclamation and you’ll laugh with joy.
Oh, I guess this Despicable Me is a little fluffy, but only in the sense that it’s a light, fun summer movie; not a vacuous, soulless, I’ll-never-get-that-90 minutes-back sort of film.
Despicable Me is a pleasant respite from much of this summer’s big budget dreck. It stars an animated Gru, a super villain that was once the greatest, but is now being over-shadowed by new, younger, more bold villains. So, Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell), has a plan: Steal the moon! But circumstances force him to need three young girls to put his plan into motion. So what’s the logical thing to do? Adopt them!
Though this movie is geared toward a younger audience, there is still plenty of entertainment for us adults. I’d say “grown-ups”, but ask anyone that knows me and they’ll tell you I’m not a grown-up. J
Things blow up, but the extent of the damage is a person with soot on their face and a Daffy Duck expression. Nobody really gets hurt here. And there’s plenty of laughs to keep you amused while the story moves right along so not to bore anyone, child and adult alike.
Everyone does a great job voicing the characters, even though they decided to use accents so it’s hard to tell who the actors are that are doing the work. But no matter, they all do a great job. And the animation is right up there with some of the best and the use of 3-D is good, too.
Certainly you’ve all noticed the short yellow fellows that are Gru’s, uh, henchmen? No, more like Oompa Loompa’s, really, but goofier and funnier. Pretty safe to say they offer much in the way of comic relief.
Sure, you’ll see some things here that feel a bit familiar, but it won’t cost you any of appreciation or enjoyment of this movie. And you can take the whole family to see it! That’s right; how often does that happen? Despicable Me does not have any identity crisis at all. It’s a kids/family film, no question about it.
So gather up the kids, or just yourself, and go have a few laughs. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll most likely say, “Aaaaw.” But in a good way.
—Neil T. Weakley, your average movie goer, telling you it’s fluffy!