Megan’s Movie Monday: Despicable Me (Review)

As I mentioned a week ago when I started “Megan’s Movie Monday,” due to my being a sometimes-broke college student, I will not always be able to provide readers with a review of a movie in the theaters. Hopefully I will still be able to call attention to certain movies for those who have no seen them anyway.

This week I decided to review “Despicable Me.” I was a little reluctant to see thi movie, because to be honest, it’s a cartoon and I am not a cartoon kind of person. They generally do not interest me. I don’t watch The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill, none of those. Despite many of my friends telling me how great it was, something in me just didn’t believe that I would like it.

Finally, last night I decided to give it a try. Although it’s no longer in theaters, Despicable Me is a fairly recent movie, released in the summer of 2010. The movie features a lot of big names: Steve Carrell, Julie Andrews, Russell Brand. Everyone knows that Steve Carrell is one of my favorites, but I can’t deny that my favorite Carrell character is still Michael Scott.

Despicable Me is the story of an evil villain, Gru (voiced by Carrell) who, after a rival villian steals the pyramid, decides he will steal the moon to become the greatest villain around. But when three orphan girls come into his life, they see him as their dad, and threaten to change his outlook on life forever.

It’s no secret that Despicable Me is a movie for kids. It appeals to that younger crowd, which may be one of the reasons I refer to it as “cute.” I suspect that kids will enjoy it, and adults will smile along with it , as the humor shows itself in different ways. While a lot of the laughs that come from the kids will probably come from the “sillyness” of the movie, the adults’ laughter will come from clever (but clean) jokes sprinkled in throughout the movie.

The actors who’s voices are featured in Despicable Me were great. After all, these are professionals. They know how to animate their voices, adapting them to the nature of the character they are voicing. The visuals are alright, but they did not feed my eyes as much as a movie like “Coraline” did. The main problem with this movie for me is not the actors that were chosen, nor the visuals, nor the plot/storyline. The issue for me simply comes down to personal preference. While Carrell does  a fantastic job as Gru, a super-villain of the world, I prefer him as the idiot boss in The Office. I chalk it up to my type of humor.

On a rating system I completely just made up off the top of my head, if I were to grade Despicable Me solely on the basis of my own enjoyment/preference, I would give it three out of five meatballs. But that wouldn’t be fair to those who don’t necessarily share my taste for movies. In that case, it gets four out of five meatballs.

Please feel free to share with me your own opinion about Despicable Me by leaving me a comment below. And as always, if you have movie recommendations or suggestions, let me know and I’ll do my best to check it out and review it.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s “Megan’s Movie Monday”and remember, Despicable Me is worth checking out.


  1. I thought that Despicable Me was a pretty good movie, but I think it was definitely more towards kids than adults, as opposed to many current animated movies. I did enjoy it though.

    Your mention of personal preference and the meatball scale reminded me of my favorite recent animated movie: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs! Its humor matches mine perfectly!

  2. I felt kindof bad when we decided to watch it, cause I knew you weren’t 100% into it, but I’m glad you still enjoyed it somewhat! 3/5 meatballs isn’t too bad! =)

  3. I’ve really been wanting to see this movie! My humor often tends to lean toward that of a 7 year old, so I think this movie might be right up my alley. 🙂

    I also loved Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – you’ve seen that, right?

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