Review: Despicable Me 2

Despicable-Me-2-2013-Movie-PosterVoices of: Steve Carrell, Russell Brand, Kristen Wig, Benjamin Bratt, Ken Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Pierre Coffin

Directed by: Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud

2010’s surprise animated hit, Despicable Me, gets a sequel this summer, bringing back villain Gru to the big screen, along with his sidekick Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand), his adopted daughters Margot, Edith and Agnes, and most importantly, his minions. The first one was much better than I had thought it would be, and so expectations were high for the second one.

This time when we meet Gru, he’s no longer the villain he was before. Instead of plotting great crimes, he’s busy being a dad to his adopted girls, trying to start a jellies and jam business. Elsewhere there are still great villains at work, and the Anti-Villain League, particularly Agent Lucy (Kristen Wiig) brings in Gru to help them stop a mysterious villain trying to take over the world.

To be completely honest, no one will really remember the actual plot of the movie. Who remembers everything about the first one? The creators clearly knew that everyone who loved the first one did so because of the minions, and they’re coming back for them as well. Gru and Kucy and Dr. Nefario all cause their share of laughs, but none as much as the adorable little yellow creatures. There’s a very particular kind of silly humour that I can handle and enjoy, and the minions fit into that.

Carrell, Wiig and Brand are good in their voices, and Agnes, the youngest daughter is almost as adorable as the minions. There’s really not much to say, apart from if you saw the first one, and liked the minions, or have seen the promos and laughed, go see it! It’s worth it just for the minions, but the rest is fairly good too. I cannot wait for the minions spin-off that is on its way.

Despicable Me 2 is out now.


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