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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Quick Review: Despicable Me 2

Often, when I really love a movie, I hope that no sequel arrives. So often those sequels disappoint. Thus, I was worried about Despicable Me 2. How could they come up with another story involving supervillain-turned-doting dad Gru (voice of Steve Carell), his three little girls and his seemingly endless supply of Minions? Would they turn Gru evil again? Find a reason for him to be separated from his daughters? Thankfully, there's a workable story which avoids both of those obvious misfires. Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help stop a different criminal's fiendish plot, teaming up with one of their agents (Kristen Wiig). There isn't as much interaction between Gru and the girls, as this time Gru's personal growth, if you will, comes from his getting back into the world of...dating. Also, the Minion activity is upped, which some adults may find tiresome. But I'm a big kid at heart. My grade: A-minus.

(Speaking of the Minions, I bought a DVD of the first movie because it had a coupon for some Fandango cash, and look who was inside?)


Dan O. said...

I knew I was in trouble from the beginning when I saw the minions, because they are not my favorites at all. Good review Joe.

canmark said...

I LOVED the original Despicable Me, saw it multiple times and bought the Blu-ray. Can't say I love DM2, but it's OK, and I hope there's a DM3. All the dating stuff (Gru and Margo) did nothing for me. And after casting scene-stealer Ken Jeong, why did they give him so little to work with? And Kristin Wiig is better when she's weirder--Lucy needed more quirks.

Joe in Philly said...

If you ever watch "The Looney Tunes Show" (on Cartoon Network in the USA, not sure about Canada) -- to me it sounds like Kristen Wiig is doing a less-Valley Girl version of her voice of Lola Bunny, Bugs' girlfriend.

And the next installment is a spinoff/prequel. "Minions." ;-)