Saturday, August 14, 2010

Despicable Me

I love a good movie.  I can appreciate well done cinematography, special effects, good acting and what not, but what I really love is a good story.  I can get lost in a well told story, with or without the trappings.  The thing is I don’t think they make very many GOOD movies.  They makes lots of mediocre movies, and even more bad ones, but few that I feel compelled to watch every minute of or I might miss something important, and fewer still that I’d care to watch more than once. Call me old fashioned, but most of the time I’d just rather read the book.  Sure, it takes a little longer but I like to get inside the characters heads.  That’s what makes it real to me … the “whys” and the wherefores.

There are some good movies in all genres.  Action/adventure, drama, mysteries, sci-fi, horror, romance, comedy … although I may be hard to please, there is at least a couple from each category that I think are great movies.  Now I may be going senile in my old age, but the kind of movies I enjoy most are usually those that are made for small children, especially the animated ones.  Pixar and Dreamworks both do incredible work in CGI but even more importantly, they tell excellent stories.  So it should come as no great surprise that when Mommo and I decided to go catch a matinee the other day, the movie of choice was Despicable Me.

I hadn’t heard anything at all about this movie and didn’t catch that it was a Disney/Pixar picture in the opening credits.  I probably just wasn’t paying attention yet (I think I was trying to turn my cell phone to vibrate and I’m technologically challenged).  When it started it seemed much too loud and I wasn’t in the best of moods to begin with.  In the first few minutes it seemed like a superhero/villain kind of thing and that’s really not my kind of thing, but hey, at least we were getting out of the house for a while.

It didn’t take too long however, until it sucked me right in.  I don’t want to spoil it for anybody so I won’t tell you about the story, but I will tell you that it made me both laugh my butt off and cry like a baby (happy tears).  I loved the characters; Gru (the super villain), the 3 adorable little orphan girls, and the minions were just too funny.  The minions were like a cross between the little Pac man guys and Homer Simpson with a little R2 D2 throw in LOL.

I LOVED this movie.  It was such a pleasant surprise.  If you get a chance, go see it.  Take your kids or your grandkids if you need an excuse, but if you have a heart you won’t be disappointed


  1. I've always loved Disney/Pixar movies. Up and Toy Story 3 are the best.

  2. I haven't seen those two yet. Back in the day I was babysitting some toddlers who watched the original toy story over and over.

    Their Mom would come home and start talking to me and my end of the conversation was done entirely with dialog from that movie. After about 15 minutes one day she looked at me and said Sally, you really need to get out of the house.