Movie Monday: ’Despicable Me’

While I normally write about music on Monday's, however this week I just could not go a day without writing about the new movie that topped the charts in box offices this weekend.  'Despicable Me' is a heartwarming story about a man who isn't the most likeable guy, but has surrounded himself with people who love him unconditionally.  The story is centered around his childhood dream to go to the moon, and as he grows into his devious and despicable ways as an adult, he has an even better idea: to steal the moon!  Along the way he adopts three adorable girls who all have their own different views on life, trust and love. 


The family movie shows the pains for being rejected and the joy of being loved despite your flaws.  Unconditional love was the underlying theme of this sweet film that not only made me laugh hysterically, but cry like a baby, when Gru, the anti-hero of the film, finally realizes that even stealing the moon is nothing in comparison to being loved unconditionally by people who have plenty of reasons to despise him.



I do not wish to spoil the movie, however, if you get a chance to go see this remarkable film from Universal Studios & Illumination Entertainment be sure to bring the kids, and get ready to laugh and cry!  Steve Carell delivers an exceptional performance as the voice of Gru along with the rest of the cast that make this film one of the most heartwarming films of 2010.

This movie made me feel humble and human. It challenged me to remember that at the end of the day even though I may be despicable, the unconditional love that is given to me from my family, husband,  friends and Jesus Christ continues to amaze me.  I may have dreams of my own, stealing the moon or otherwise, but none of those dreams are possible without a little help from the people who love and support me along the way.  Unconditional love is quite possibly the most confusing of emotions, but when you experience grace from those whom you least expect it can change your heart completely, just like Gru.

What an unexpected reminder from the most despicable of characters, making the moral to the story even more poignant.

'Despicable Me' is surely one of the best animated films of the year, and is a must see for any age!

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  1. Nitsuj Relis said:

    Good review that didn’t involve spoilers! Thank you, Abbi.

    July 13, 2010

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