Despicable Me starts with the revelation that the Pyramid of Giza has been stolen. This is the biggest and baddest heist ever committed, and it’s making all the other supervillains look bad. Really, nothing else could ever compare.
Enter Gru, eager to prove that he can do better and go farther. The only problem is, everything seems to go against him. Even the secret villain-funding bank is unwilling to back up his enormous, degenerate plan, though they do like the idea. Things get even worse when the tool he needs to complete his dastardly deed, the shrink-ray, is stolen by a newer and younger bad guy. To get it back, Gru must enlist the (mostly unwilling) help of three little girls selling cookies to his rival. To gain power over the girls, though, he has to adopt them from their girls’ home. Soon the three little girls are turning his life and his plans upside down in every way possible, while winning over the hearts of both Gru and his masses of little minions.
This movie was just about the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long, long time. I knew going in that I’d like it—who wouldn’t after that little girl hugging the unicorn in the commercial?—but I underestimated just how much. I don’t think there was a moment in this film that I didn’t like, and that’s not something I can say about even some of my absolute favorite cartoon movies. The littlest girl, Agnes, is so cute and adorable that you want to take her off the screen and give her a hug, and maybe pat her on the head and make her cookies. She is just that cute. The two older girls are a little more justifiably cautious about the situation with Gru—but watching the four of them grow closer together is fun.
My favorite thing about the film is probably the minions. They are so cute, and the filmmakers came up with a lot of unexpected things to do with them, a lot of which are laugh-out-loud funny. I won’t mention my favorite, because the not knowing that it was coming was what made it so fantastically funny, but you’ll probably know when you see it. The whole film was about as clever and funny and sweet as I could have asked for, and I would have been happy to watch it again immediately afterwards.