10. Despicable Me
Release Year: 2010
Directed By: Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
Starring: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Julie Andrews, Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, Jermaine Clement, Jack McBrayer, Danny McBride, Mindy Kaling, Rob Huebel, Ken Daurio, Ken Jeong
Release Date: Thursday, April 16
Although it feels as though they have been around forever, we have only had minions in our lives for 10 years. Despicable Me first arrived in theaters in July 2010, marking this coming summer as the 10th anniversary as the film and its little yellow creatures that have taken over the world. Unfortunately, none of the Despicable Me franchise’s other films are available on Netflix, but this April, it’s time to celebrate the original’s 10th birthday. Obviously, it’s one of the month’s best new release movies.
Steve Carell’s voice leads Despicable Me as Gru, a wicked supervillain who devises a plan to steal the moon clean out of the sky. With the help of his little yellow minions and far more weapons than he should be allotted, Gru prepares to take out anyone who should stand in the way of his plan. However, his supervillain tendencies seem to be quenched by something completely unforeseen: three oprhaned girls named Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher), who wish to make Gru their father. Suddenly, Gru’s plans change in an instant.
Despicable Me comes from directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, who have also (separately and together) directed such films as Despicable Me 2, Minions, The Lorax and The Secret Life of Pets and its sequel. The film received critical acclaim and was a box office smash, bringing in over $543 million worldwide. Of course, Despicable Me spawned two sequels and two Minions films, the latest of which has been postponed. Until the minions return and the next installment arrives, relive the magic of the original when it arrives for streaming on April 16.