Wednesday 10 July 2013

Despicable Me 2 Movie Review!!!

Despicable meaning vile and deserving of hate and contempt. Does that sum up this movie??? Read on to find out!

Now here’s a pleasant surprise.  To be honest, I didn’t really enjoy the first movie.  The lead was bland, the kids were annoying and the bad guy was really irritating.  Released around the same time as Megamind, another animated movie about a villain turned good, I found that movie to be superior on pretty much every count. 

Either my expectations were very low because I didn’t enjoy the original or the original was so lame that it was easy for this second movie to surpass it.  Whatever the case, Despicable Me 2 does just that, surpasses the original.

Steve Carell returns as Gru, the unlikely hero.  Continuing on from the original, Gru is now a super villain turned super daddy.  The kids are still a handful but he appears to be enjoying it.  The same cannot be said of his colleague Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand).  Once a mad genius making robots and the like, he is now assisting Gru in his attempts to infiltrate the food and beverage industry with a delectable selection of sumptuous, mouth watering jams and jellies. 

But it’s not all happy families.  A dangerous chemical has been stolen from a top-secret research facility.  Government and spy officials have no choice but to enlist the help of Gru to track down the evil mastermind who just happens to be working out of his local shopping mall.  What a coincidence!  Throw into the mix some teenage love shenanigans, combined with his own dating woes, and Gru has his hands pretty full.  Thankfully he has help from Special Agent Lucy (Kristen Wiig) and of course, last but not least, Gru’s trusted minions.

I still believe Gru and the kids are nothing that special as characters and neither is the story.  What success this film may enjoy comes purely on the backs of the minions, voiced in gibberish by directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud.  Random, cute and funny, the minions carry this movie.  I wasn’t really a fan of the minions in the first movie and they don’t really do anything outstanding even in this movie but after a while you can’t help but smile when they come on the screen and do something silly.  They have much more screen-time this time round and, judging from the response, the Minions movie due out next year should be very successful.  I do have to comment that I was slightly disappointed by the lack of concern shown by Gru when some of his minions appeared to come into harm's way and went missing.  This retracted slightly from the purported friendship between Gru and his minions giving the impression that he didn't really care about them that much.  A small gripe but it annoyed me.

This is pretty mindless entertainment but it is entertainment nonetheless, which is more than can be said for a lot of flicks out right now.. Cough.. White House Down.. Cough..

Check it out!

Rating 3.5 out of 5


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