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The Theme Of Despicable Me Directed By Pierre Coffin And Chris Renaud

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The movie Despicable Me directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud was released in 2010. The movie is about an evil villain named Gru, who is the protagonist. Gru comes up with a wicked plan to steal the moon. To succeed in his plan, he needs the help of three little girls who he adopts. These three little girls turn his world upside down, showing him he can be a loving father. These girls change his heart. Coffin and Renaud have used film and narrative techniques to illustrate the theme that good can overpower evil. They also explore the themes, anyone’s heart can be changed by love and how important it is to have a loving family. The directors present these themes through the characters and events of the film.
Pierre and Coffin present the theme that good can overpower evil through the characters and events of the film. The main character is the villainous Gru, who changes from evil to good. Gru is portrayed as a villain through his actions in numerous scenes such as when he is walking down the path and the little boy’s ice-cream has fallen out. Gru blows up a balloon and pops it in the boy’s face leaving him shocked and scared. Besides from the actual events of the film, the directors have used techniques to make Gru seem very unlikable. The directors have altered Gru’s appearance, making him very unattractive, and even the house he lives in is undesirable. Once Gru adopts the three little girls, he becomes very protective of them. When Vector, a young and new villain, kidnaps the girls from the dance concert Gru changes into a hero to rescue them back, he even gives up the moon for them. In the scene where Gru is taking the girls back from Vector, he even puts the moon back in its rightful place in outer-space. Then the TV presenter says, “Who is this new hero and what will he do next?” This proves what was once bad can now become good. In the beginning of the film, the evilness of the Gru character is contrasted to the innocence of the three girls as a way of highlighting good and bad.
The theme, anyone’s heart can be changed by love is explored throughout the movie. The events of the film highlight the even a very evil villain like Gru can feel love towards other. Gru, once any evil villain finds him loving the three orphaned girls and does not want to be separated from them. The directors show this is not part of his usual nature...

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