Despicable Me 2: More Minions, More Despicable (2013)

Posted: July 21, 2013 in Animated, Comedy, Crime
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despicable-me-2-poster1Having moved beyond his villainous career, Gru is enjoying the life of a father and is trying to get his new business off the ground. But not all is calm in the world. With major thefts occurring of scientific bases, the Anti-Villain League sets their sights on Gru as a former villain to aid them in their investigation. Their newest agent, Lucy, is sent to retrieve Gru so that Silas Ramsbottom can convince him to join their cause. While initially reluctant, he finds himself pulled in to set up an undercover operation in the local mall. With suspicious characters all around, their work appears to be cut out for them. What Gru does not seem to notice though is that his minions are disappearing fast and are leaving no traces behind.

Starring: Steve Carell (Gru), Kristen Wiig (Lucy), Benjamin Bratt (Eduardo/El Macho), Miranda Cosgrove (Margo), Elsie Kate Fisher (Agnes), Dana Gaier (Edith), Russell Brand (Dr. Nefario), Ken Jeong (Floyd), Steve Coogan (Silas Ramsbottom), Moises Arias (Antonio), Nasim Pedrad (Jillian), Kristen Schaal (Shannon), Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud (The Minions)

Returning for the sequel, Carell was able to bring back the magic to the role he made famous a few years ago. His accent kept a villainous flair to his character and a contrast to the actions and comments he made throughout the film. The Minions were such an important part of the movie and Coffin and Renaud we able to make that work quite well. Wiig has such an animated personality normally that she was an excellent selection for this film and this role.

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The directors, who also voiced the Minions, were quite busy and succeeded with a follow up to their previous summer hit. Taking Gru’s life beyond villainy was no easy task, but they took the approach of keeping him tied to similar activity by adding the spy element. With his background in villainous activities, Silas gave Gru the background identity and the partner necessary to begin an investigation. The girls played a secondary role in the film, with their involvement being a chance to portray more cute humor and include a secondary story with Margo falling in love with a boy. Dr. Nefario also faded a bit into even less of a supporting role, leaving Gru’s side at the beginning only to show up later in the story.

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Thematically, there are many of the same elements in the sequel as there were in the original. The girls have their moments with Gru and the Minions scamper around with their antics. Where the film differs is in the addition of the focus on building a life for Gru and navigating a budding romance with Lucy. He has a series of attempts to start dating and actually getting forced into a real date. Meanwhile, El Macho differs significantly from Vector in that his villainy is much more about destruction than theft and he is able to better hide in plain sight.

In the end, the film has a lot of cute and funny moments without the same significance of the storyline. Gru’s character was still endearing and the girls were cute, but there seemed to be a great focus on the Minions and an absence of a life lesson or sense of closure.

Dan’s Rating: 3.5/5

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Comments
  1. CMrok93 says:

    Not a terrible bore, but too average for me to really go crazy for. Good review Dan.

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