My movie viewing habits usually consist of action, comedy or drama, however, I’m also partial to the odd animation if it’s made by Dreamworks or Pixar - Movies from these studios including Toy Story and Shrek tend to be great for kids but even better for us grown ups who seem to understand some of the hidden adult jokes better than the youngsters.
So hearing about the new animated movie, Despicable Me, and the fact it was made by an unknown studio left me feeling quite concerned as to how good the film was likely to be – fortunately, Illumination Entertainment have done themselves proud, the film is of similar calibre to Dreamworks and Pixar offerings with it’s eye popping visuals, breathtaking audio and a good cast of characters and voice over actors.
Synopsis from Apple.com:
“In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknown to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon (Yes, the moon!) in Universal’s new 3D CGI feature, Despicable Me. Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. The world’s greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes.”
After watching this fantastic family movie I felt quite surprised to see many of the characters wearing eye wear of some sort, especially the super funny minions in their safety goggles!
Vector, voiced by Jason Segal, is Gru’s arch enemy who works hard to prevent Gru from stealing the Shrink Ray Gun that’s required to shrink the moon down to a much more stealable size.
Dr Nefario, voiced by Russell Brand, is the scientist behind Gru’s despicable inventions and moon stealing plans. He’s not at all very clever and develops gadgets such as a ‘fart’ gun after Gru actually asks for a ‘dart’ gun!
These little guys steal the show, they’re absolutely hilarious and will have you in stitches with their antics. The Minions are Gru’s little helpers who work alongside Dr Nefario working on new gadgets (or generally causing a ruckus!), hence the safety goggles to keep their eyes (or eye) safe and sound.
Margo, wearing the glasses, is the eldest of the 3 kids who are looking for a new father in Gru. However, Agnes is the one that get’s all the attention here with her adorable cuteness and love of “It’s soooo flufffffy!!” unicorns.
Other notable characters…
There are a few other ‘extras’ that are worthy of a mention for wearing glasses in Despicable Me including Gru’s neighbour with his John Lennon style frames.
Despicable Me is a hugely enjoyable film for the entire family, check out the trailer below: