“Despicable Me” Covers It [spoiler alert]

19 July 2010, 22:17 CDT

Spoiler Alert: this post contains details of the plotline of a movie integral to the story. If you don’t want it spoiled, stop reading now.

Went to see “Despicable Me” the other night.  I rarely go to the movies because I’m bored of the anti-American, anti-midwest values Hollywood tripe.  In the previews it looked funny and harmless.  I guess I should have known better.

The story basically surrounds two competing villains, Gru and Vector, each trying to be the biggest and baddest thief on the planet.  The real villain in the story turns out to be the banker.  As the main character, Gru, enters the cavernous office of the bank president to beg for a loan, the sign over the door says “BANK of EVIL” and in small letters under that says “Formerly Lehman Brothers”  We find out later that BoE turned down Gru’s loan application because Vector is actually the BoE president’s son.

The whole think smacks of nepotism – which was exactly the point.  Big bad banks are evil and are going to steal your business plans (evil plot, in this case) and give them to their family and friends to execute.  The banks will do everything in their power to destroy you and help themselves.

In a completely unrelated matter, the leading news network (which sets up the story in the beginning and narrates a couple of times throughout) in this fictional world is “MSNBC”. Not some fake news outlet like GNN or World News In a Flash – MSNBC.  The NBC logo is even displayed prominently over a fictional Times Square Jumbotron in NYC.

A nice, funny story about an evil criminal who finds redemption when he adopts three orphan girls who change his heart is drowned out by the blatantly anti-capitalist, banks-are-evil subtext.

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