Bridesmaids (2011) Trailer

Bridesmaids is a comedy centered on two women battling to plan their friend’s wedding party. Directed by Paul Feig, Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne. The film opens on May 13, 2011.

Despicable Me (2010) – Movie Review

Despicable Me is a funny animation from Universal Studios appealing to both children and adults. The film revolves around a villain named Gru (Steve Carrell).

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Gru (Steve Carrell) and his minions in "Despicable Me"
Gru (Steve Carrell) and his minions in "Despicable Me"

When it is discovered that the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt has been stolen and replaced by an inflatable rubber duplicate, supervillain Gru feels belittled and decides to pull off the biggest heist in world history by stealing the Moon. Gru lives in a black house with a vast secret hideout with his army of minions — genetically-altered Corn Pops. These minions are little yellow creatures whose acts and appearance made the film an instant laughing fest.

In order to steal the moon, Gru needs funding for building a rocket. Thus, he attempts to get a loan from the local Bank of Evil, where he meets Vector (Jason Segel) — a nerdy looking scientist donning a pyjamas-like suit, and realizes it was Vector who stole the pyramid. Mr. Perkins (Will Arnett), the bank president, declines to give Gru a loan until he acquires the shrink ray.

Gru and his minions steal the shrink ray from a secret lab in Asia, but is prompty stolen by Vector. Gru makes several attempts to steal it back, but to no avail. After seeing three orphaned girls — Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) get into Vector’s lair, Gru adopts them in order to steal back the shrink ray. Gru has asked his assistant, Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) to build several cookie-shaped robots as part of Vector’s large cookie. Gru and his minions managed to retrieve the shrink ray despite being sealed by the robots inside the vault.

Gru has the thought of leaving the girls behind at a local amusement park called "Funland" but instead, ends up bonding with the girls. When Gru presents his plan together with the shrink ray to Mr. Perkins, Mr. Perkins surprisingly shuts him down. Mr Perkins then tells Vector (who is revealed to be Mr. Perkins son) that Gru has the shrink ray.

When Gru is about to abandon his plan due to lack of funds, the girls and the minions take up a collection to keep it going. Nefario sends the girls back to the orphanage as he sees them as distraction breaking Gru’s heart in the process. Ouch!

As the heist day falls on the same day as the girls’ ballet recital, Gru shrinks the Moon, pockets it, and hurries back to Earth to participate the girls’ ballet recital but misses it only to find the Vector has kidnapped the girls. After forcing Gru to hand over the moon, Vector breaks his promise and escapes with the girls with his escape pod and is pursued by Gru. As the effects of the shrink ray wear off (which Dr. Nefario calls the “Nefario principle,” the greater the mass of an object before shrinking, the faster the effect wears off, Gru rescues the girls with the help of his minions. Gru rescues them with the help of his minions, while the Moon destroys Vector’s pod and sends him to the orbit.

The film ends with Gru and the girls living a happily ever after life as a family with Gru’s mother (Julie Andrews), finally telling him she is proud of him.

Though Despicable Me starts off a little gruesome with its dark humors and with Gru as a meanie (in one scene, he made an animal balloon for a kid, only to pop it with a needle the next second), as the film progresses, Gru has transformed into a different person altogether, thanks to the three girls, who demand for bed-time stories and good night kisses unceasingly. Overall, it is the kind of movie which provokes laughter every second and is contagious.

My ratings: 8 out of 10.