All the trite and worn clich?s of pseudo-child comedies were well notedby top professional film reviewers like, A. O. Scott (NYT). While fullof hi-tech 3-D whiz and an ensemble of hyperbole to promote amass-market money maker, this film has grave dangers for both childrenand adult former victims of child abuse.
A bright 3 year old girl continually asked her mum and aunt "is thissupposed to be funny". The aunt who had been a child victim of malesexual abuse was thoroughly traumatized by the main character'sdomination and exploitative treatment of the girls, which expressed asubtext playing on well-known characteristics of child abuse and abusersyndromes.
in both speech and attitude as well as animated representation, thelittle female characters displayed many behavioral modalities ofsubmission and coquettishness characteristic of the fear and seductionof sexually abused girls. Such characteristics may be commonly embeddedduring the child's experience with a male abuser, most often a familymember, yet held onto during adulthood. Combined with fears generatedby the abuser, and feelings of guilt, these traits are deeply embeddedand difficult to release even through therapy, hindering may women fromexperiencing safety and fulfillment in adult relationships.
Have these presentations of stereotypical characteristics commonlyrelated to child sexual abuse and abusers been overlooked, or merelysubmerged as titillation to mass audiences experiencing emotionalresponses they cannot dare to express?
Shown before an audience of psychiatric and social work professionalsin the fields of child sexual abuse, and mature abuse victims, thisfilm would most probably be labeled as inappropriate for generalaudiences with warnings attached as to the covert messages embeddedwithin layers of trivial high tech stimulation. Should such verbalinnuendo, body language, proxemics and social interactions as portrayedin this film be observed in Roman Catholic priests, they would soon beinvestigated and perhaps prosecuted.
What were they thinking? A plot about an evil man who adopts threesmall girls just to use them in his evil plot to steal something andthen return them to the orphanage after they no longer serve hispurpose? is that bad enough? No.
When returned to the orphanage, like unwanted merchandise, they are putin a box of "Shame" for being returned. Come on. How in God's name doyou think my two adopted daughters felt after leaving that movie? Whydid the film need to degrade adopted children in this manner? Thinknext time. Anyone associated with the creation of this movie should beput in a "Box of Shame"
Despicable Me was quite possibly the worst movie I have ever seen.Scratch that, it was THE worst movie I have ever seen. It is in no way"cute", "charming", or even "funny". You can't be taken seriously whenyou're a CGI kids' movie starring a bald guy with a bizarre accent. Itruins the pitiful attempts at drama.
The voice actors seemed to have been hired based on recognition factorand not skill. Miranda Cosgrove's performance is unconvincing, andJason Segal was cast clearly because of his comedic background. Anexperienced VA like Jack Angel could have been hired instead and nobodywould tell the difference. Jack McBrayer has all of three lines. Themain character "Gru" is the worst. Sure, in comedic parts, you canignore his horrible accent, but the rare "serious" moments in the filmare ruined because of this accent. The only good voice actor is WillArnett, playing a stern boss. He's probably the only aspect of themovie I liked.
The characters are all ugly and none are memorable, visually. I had tolook away from the screen at some parts. They were alsoone-dimensional. The three girls have no personality, and the minionsare forced kid-appeal characters. Gru himself is flat. What's hismotivation to become number one villain? The climax is particularlybaffling, with one of the girls trying to choose between gettingcrushed by the moon, or jumping to stay with her sisters. The plot doesnot captivate imaginations, try anything new, or pump you up. Thewriting contains plot holes. What happened to the pyramid everyone madea big deal about? It's never returned! In addition, the movie containsseveral horrible sights. Gru's butt, Gru on the toilet, and Gru'ssmiley-face pantsu. Did we need to see any of that?
The comedy is basically toilet humour and minions getting into wackyshenanigans. A lot of it is really just padding; the movie could havebeen done as a 7-minute short and still be coherent. The hyped up "IT'SSO FLUFFY" yielded about two laughs and a cough at my theater. The onlyamusing part was Gru telling the girls to "GET BACK IN THE KITCHEN",and that wasn't even intentional. Maybe some (read: some) kids willfind it entertaining, but only if they are between 3 and 9.
Overall, Despicable Me is forgettable. You're not going to look back onit years later and think, "Man, that was a great experience." You'llthink "Despicable Me is an example of how not to make a movie." Theonly reason I gave it one star is because the rating system can't golower. It's that bad.
my mother loves animated films and i adore them my self. my motherwalked out of this film. I stayed and watched, because i had to see howbad it really was. It was a great cartoon, it would do great with kidsand on Saturday morning, but not worth it pass the kids.
If only kids go see this, it will do well, but honestly its not a greatanimated film, its like Jimmy Neutron that movie won an award for bestanimated film, even though in the same year final fantasy spiritswithin came out, and was a better movie Jimmy Neutron won cos it hadkid appeal. This movie has Kid appeal, and thats it.
For adults it failed, they might do better making a minions movie.
This film is TERRIBLE.
Ordinarily I wouldn't waste my time even writing a review on trash likethis - but - this is supposed to be one of the movies of the moment,movies of the year even. Don't waste your money - It's just dire....
It just does not in any way shape or form hang together. Characters,such as they are are pointless creations. There is very little humourin here because the "story" (I'm promoting it by suggesting it has astory...) just doesn't work as a vehicle for any gags.
I went with my 7 year old - and he got restless. As for me - I fellasleep, and I wasn't woken up by any howls of laughter from theaudience.
I love animated films of all kinds - so it saddens me to say thatDespicable Me is just a DOG of a movie. Don't both