Meet Gru - he's a evil mastermind who is having a hard time. Someone stole the great pyramid of Egypt and all he could steal was the Statue of Liberty ... from Las Vegas. The Bank of Evil's stopped trying to fund his increasingly desperate plots, he's a constant disappointment to his mother, and the new villain on the block - Vector - is showing him up at every opportunity. Things only get worse when he meets three orphans who are trying to sell cookies. Gru doesn't have time for cookies - he's trying to steal the moon!
When I saw the trailers I thought "looks alright - but I'll go see Toy Story 3 instead". Truth-be-told, Despicable me was far better. Don't get me wrong, I loved TS3, but it wasn't funny. Moving, yes, but few laugh-out-loud moments. Despicable Me is filled with them, and everyone in the cinema (all of whom were over the age of 18 as we watched it at Uni) was in stitches.
The characters are lovable, the villains (...of the villains) are hateable, the minions are adorable (I don't know anyone who doesn't want a Dave of their own) and the story is so simple it's brilliant.
In the end I saw this 4 times in the cinema, I've asked my parents for this for my 22nd birthday, and I'll be buying it for my college's Film Society as I believe no DVD collection is complete without it. It is the finest film I have seen all year, if not for a long time, and it was so entertaining I never once stopped to think "how much longer do I have left?"
I'm not going to tell you that you HAVE to see it, but if you haven't, give some serious consideration to getting it on DVD - it's worth it.