Film Analysis: Despicable Me


  • This is a good movie i liked growing up

Film Analysis

Film TitleDespicable Me
DirectorPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
CountryUnited States
If you could work on this film (change it), what would you change and why?maybe just a couple tweaks to make it look better

Film information can be found at

As you view films, consider how the cuts, camera angles, shots, and movement work to create particular meanings. Think about how they establish space, privilege certain characters, suggest relationships, and emphasize themes. In addition to shot distances, angles, editing, and camera movement, note details of the narrative, setting, characters, lighting, props, costume, tone, and sound.

Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Who is the protagonist?Gru
2. Who is the antagonist?Vector
3. What is the conflict? Lucy is captured by El Macho and no one knows what will happen to her. This effects the movie because something terrible could happen and Gru wants to marry her. If she were to die Gru would never be able to tell her how he feels
4. What is the theme or central, unifying concept? (summarize in one or two words)loving family
5. How is the story told (linear, non-linear, with flashbacksflash-forwards, at regular intervals)linear
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)?A man who delights in all things wicked, supervillain Gru hatches a plan to steal the moon. Surrounded by an army of little yellow minions and his impenetrable arsenal of weapons and war machines, Gru makes ready to vanquish all who stand in his way. But nothing in his calculations and groundwork has prepared him for his greatest challenge: three adorable orphan girls who want to make him their dad.

7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)? Why does the film encourage such
adding funny parts in scenes adding humor for the viewers
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized? What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions?would be realistic in real life
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do costume and makeup convey character?regular human clothing
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood?bright lighting for the mood
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces? What do you see cinematically?pretty good camera angles and movements
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film? How does it direct our attention within the image? How does it shape our interpretation of the image? What stands out about the music?corresponds with the scenes
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film? Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture?real social factors that are just like in real life
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film. Use credible sources and cite sources.Example: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015.
Charming, touching, and surprisingly funny, Despicable Me showed one man’s journey to being the most hated to finally finding love–thanks to three little girls
Despicable Me 2010 | Candice Frederick 11 September 2017
15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements. Write a one-sentence description of the scene and record the time of the scene.Example: from 1:05:00 to 1:10:00.Explain why you chose this scene.when gru was at the carnival
16. In the selected scenewrite a sentence for each of the elements below to justify why this scene best represents the film:
a. Screenwriting:really good screenwriting
b. Sound Design:decent sound designs
c. Camera Movements/Angles:pretty good camera movements
d. Light Setup:happy lighting for the mood
e. Soundtrack/Score:good soundtrack
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film?to love your family

This worksheet was developed with ideas from many IB Film teachers, thus should remain in the Creative Commons

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