Nobody likes a trailer that gives away everything, but what about a trailer that says next to nothing about what you’re getting yourselves into? Particularly, when it’s geared to a very young audience?
That’s what you get with the first full-length trailer for Steve Carell’s Despicable Me, which is kind of like the Coltrane of movie trailers. It might just work, too, because ironically, I’m not a fan of Coltrane, but my two-year old is always insisting on listening to “that horns song,” by which he means that dis-harmonic Coltrane song with a lot of random horn noises (oh, that one!)
Anyway, this is roughly what we can glean from the trailer: Gru (Carell) is the world’s second worst supervillian — he likes to pop children’s balloons. Also, he’s the most unpleasant looking CGI creations since that ashen-looking child in Polar Express. He’s also bumbling. I gather the movie is about Gru’s feeble attempts to defeat Vector, the world’s number one supervillian.
I’ll grant it this: It has a all-star voice cast: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Will Arnett, Danny McBride, Jack McBrayer, and Mindy Kaling (among others), so maybe there’s more to it than the trailer portends. And, since it won’t be released until next July, I suppose they do have plenty of time to bombard us with a half a dozen new trailers. I hope they all involve Vector rubbing his ass on a keyboard.