Carell shines in 'Despicable Me'

By Ashley Miller

Contributing Writer

In early July, “Despicable Me” was released and soon earned a number-one box office spot. Its opening grossed $53.3 millionand was the third largest animated movie opening of the summer, following “Toy Story 3” and “Shrek Forever After,” according to

Steve Carell, known for his work in The Office,Get Smart and Dinner for Schmucksvoices Gru, a once-great supervillain that has had a few too many mishaps. WhenVector, voiced by Jason Segel (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “I Love You, Man”), takes the world by storm and upstages Gru by stealing the Great Pyramid of Giza, Gru sets out to steal the biggest monument yet: the moon.

Gru’s plan is brilliant, but he has difficulties obtaining a loan from the Bank of Evil without the shrink ray he will use for the heist. When Gru finally obtains the shrink ray, Vector steals it.

Gru must figure out how to get the shrink ray back from Vector’s super high-tech lair. Even with the help of Dr. Nefario (voiced by Russell Brand), Gru’s elderly, hearing-impaired associate, and hundreds of little yellow minions, Gru cannot find a way to break into Vector’s place. But with the help of Margo, Edith and Agnes, three orphan sisters, he might be able to acquire the shrink ray.

While this may seem like a children’s movie, the familyfriendly comedy still appeals to older audiences. You will laugh more than a few times at the hilarious minions and comedic cast. Carell’s comedic talent shines through, and his character will have you laughing at his appearance, voice and jokes.

But the movie is more than just entertaining. The adorable girls will win you and Gru over, and the ending will warm your heart.  This movie is the perfect combination of comedy and compassion.

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