I have a tremendous admiration for this film and how much respect it gives the audience.
I just don't see the artistry here. These films have the plot of a twenty-two-minute Saturday morning cartoon, stretched out to an extremely-bloated hour and a half.
I don't see anything clever or justifiably creative about these movies. One of Illumination's most recent films, Sing, has such a thin premise yet carries so much more emotional resonance than any of these Despicable Me works.
I really don't get it, it's like that Stephen King quote where he claims to be…
I watch this movie every day.
I watch this movie when I get up in the morning and when I go to bed at night (with a quick nibble in the afternoon).
I watch this movie while I'm watching other movies.
I watch this movie.
Cogito ergo sum (roughly translates to "Erryboddygo watch sum No Country for Old Men").
In all seriousness, I wouldn't go as far as calling 1984 'unfilmable', but I would certainly assert the notion that the novel is much more thematic than visual. Take a book like Life of Pi for example: a boy and a tiger on a boat in the middle of the ocean, sounds like a 100% visual journey. Nineteen Eighty-Four: a dystopian future where the government controls its citizens in a gritty world of blah blah blah blah.