Rating: 4 / 5 stars
By: Sally Burgess, Technical Manager
Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is a super villain past his best. Sure, he has a freeze gun that enables him to get to the front of the queue at the coffee shop by freezing the other customers, an army of minions at home to do his bidding, his own personal scientist (voiced by Russell Brand, who manages to sound authentically old) and a massive rocket car. But his reputation has now been overshadowed by the infamous Vector, who has succeeded in actually stealing one of the Great Pyramids. Vowing not to be outdone, Gru comes up with his most ambitious plan yet…to shrink the moon and steal it! Unfortunately, the shrinking ray gun is now in Vector’s high-tech, impossible-to-break-into fortress.
However, in order for his plan to work, he needs a bit more help. So he adopts three orphan girls from the local girls’ home so they can sell cookies to Vector, gain access to Vector’s home, and unwittingly unleash his cookie robots to steal the gun. But after a while of sharing his home with the girls, Gru’s soft side has already come out and into conflict with his bad side…
This is a great family movie. There are enough visual gags to keep everyone happy and the cast do their jobs extremely well. Steve Carell’s Gru sounds like a cross between the late actors Bela Lugosi and Ricardo Montalban, which is what he was aiming for. Jason Segel is unrecognisable as Gru’s arch-nemesis Vector. But Russell Brand is fantastic as Dr. Nefario, Gru’s sidekick.
I would see this film again quite happily with kids who would love this. Unfortunately I don’t have any. Can I borrow yours?
Standout performance: Russell Brand (I never thought I’d see myself typing THAT)
This movie is now showing at Reading Cinemas in Queenstown. This review has been written and rated by Sally Burgess of Reading Cinemas Queenstown.
Rated: PG (contains low level violence)
Stars: (voice cast) Steve Carell, Russell Brand, Jason Segel
Running time: 105 mins