I *desperately* wish I would have watched this when I was younger. I almost did, so many times, but every time I put the movie back for something else. It's not awful...but it's not fantastic, either. The character design is beautiful, and the opening credits song is spine-chillingly good. Schmendrick's bone-dry line reads are hysterical, and Molly Gru is as delightful as the book would let you think, but the pacing hits a brick wall when we get to Haggard's castle, and most of the pop-culture songs are simply painful (maaaaaan's roooaaaaad). It doesn't age well if you didn't grow up with it, tragically.