FILM REVIEW: Despicable Me 2

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Our lovable reformed super villain is back with his girls on a new adventure – but this time he faces his greatest adversary. Love!

 

 

 

 

CAST: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong

DIRECTOR: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin

Gru (Steve Carell) has given up the life of crime to look after his new adopted family of three girls, and his Minions are now working on making the perfect jam under the supervision of Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand). Life seems good, but all is not what it seems when Dr. Nefario decides he wants to return to a life of crime and leaves the nest. Meanwhile, Gru is recruited by a top-secret agency to hunt down super villains and goes undercover at local mall.

The first movie was a success because we had no idea what to expect, and also because it had a heart-warming tale behind it. This time we jump straight in with hardly any character development and we are rushed headlong into our spy mission. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it does make it a different type of movie. This is Mission Impossible with a with a love story thrown in for good measure. The romance is what has taken the place of the children story line from the first film and while it is cute, it is nowhere near as heart-warming.

The girls are given a little B story to keep them busy, but to be honest after a while they are largely pushed to the background and the minions take a semi-centre stage role. The Minions nearly steal the entire show and you can see why they get the most laughs in the film, reducing grown-ups to tears of laughter just from a simple bottom joke.

The cast do an excellent job with their established roles, and newcomers Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, and Steve Coogan all bring their A game to make this a great ensemble adventure.

As with the first film, we also get to see a cool set of gadgets and evil nefarious plans – some of which work and others go horribly wrong.

Overall Despicable Me 2 is a fun follow-up that trades heart-strings for high ropes full of action and adventure that will hopefully set the tone for the inevitable sequel.

 

 

Rating: 3.5/5
Reporter: Montoya

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