FILM REVIEW: Despicable Me 2

despicable-me-2-poster-largeTITLE: Despicable Me 2
STARS: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Benjamin Bratt, Steve Coogan, Miranda Cosgrove
DIRECTORS: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
RELEASED: June 28th 2013

Just the first of a summer full of movies that appeal to me, Despicable Me 2 was a group outing with my friends. Although we’re all in our early twenties, we may as well have been ten as we settled into our seats. The first film was released in 2010 and since then, the little yellow creatures that are the minions have never really got old. As a result, the sequel definitely played on their popularity and there were a lot more minion adventures this time around.

While the first film saw how three orphaned girls melted the cold heart of villain Gru, the sequel shows the reformed father do anything to protect his girls. Due to his previous work as a villain, the Anti-Villain League (AVL) enlists Gru to trap the mastermind behind the creation of a chemical which transforms any living thing into invincible monsters. At first, he’s reluctant to help due to his new business venture of jam-making and his new responsibilities but after the departure of Dr Nefario who claims to have taken another job, Gru agrees to help the AVL.

As well as this, Gru also has to deal with eldest daughter Margo’s interest in boys and the pressure put upon him to start dating. The contrast of him conducting a serious important mission and dealing with everyday struggles as a single father shows him in two different lights and much like the first film, he’s a likeable and well-rounded human being as opposed to the evil villain as seen at the beginning of Despicable Me.

Naturally the minions provide the bulk of the comedy with their Italian-inspired dialect delivered in chipmunk voices. The ending features a particularly hilarious minion scene, which sees them take on a pop song as they did with Copacabana in the first film. Although I was watching it as an adult, I laughed out loud and exited the cinema on a real high.

The storyline isn’t as compelling as the first film but it is a lot funnier. There is also a much bigger focus on the minions too, which can only be because of their huge fanbase. In fact, they could well carry a movie themselves and I think a Minion Movie won’t be too far away. Steve Carell’s eastern European accent continues to make us smile and Kristen Wiig puts in a good show as new character Lucy Wilde. It did come with the warning of “slapstick violence” which was funny as it is and there are plenty of minion fisticuffs to back that up!

I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first film. Don’t expect too much of an engaging storyline or indeed any thoughtful reflections but simply sit back and enjoy it for what it is -a light-hearted, hilarious and adorable summer film.


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