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Review: Despicable Me 2

Jul. 3, 2013by: JimmyO

PLOT: Guess whos back? Gru is back! And this one time super villain has now settled into family life with his three adopted daughters. However when a dangerous new criminal comes to town, he is recruited to help stop this despicable bad guy by the Anti-Villain League. Will Gru and a newly assigned lady partner save the day? You can probably bet on it!

REVIEW: In 2010 when DESPICABLE ME introduced the world to an inept master villain named Gru and his merry band of misfit minions, it was a wonderful surprise. It was a charming story with colorful characters, a ton of heart and a great message without being overly preachy. With the films success and those captivatingly cuddly minions, there was sure to be a sequel and now we have DESPICABLE ME 2. The new film features more of nearly everything. It offers more jokes, more characters and bigger adventures, yet it lacks the honest to goodness soul that worked so well the first time around. Of course it will have every single child wanting a little yellow minion of their own hell, I want one myself!

Gru (Steve Carrell) has finally retired from his criminal career after his outrageous attempt to steal the moon. With his three little adopted girls Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and the precocious unicorn loving Agnes (Elsie Fisher), the family has grown quite accustomed to each other. So much so that the once uber-villain is now in the jellies and jam business along with his once partner in crime Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand). Things get complicated for the one time villain however after a secret baddie discovers a serum that turns animals into monsters. Soon Gru finds himself recruited to go undercover with a brand new partner Lucy (Kristen Wiig) who is part of the Anti-Villain League. The two are investigating a series of store owners in the local mall in hopes to stop what could be dastardly consequences.

With Gru playing detective along with Lucy, there is plenty of time for adventure as the two find themselves scrutinizing a series of possible suspects including Eduardo (Benjamin Bratt) and Floyd (Ken Jeong). The vocal talent works well enough, if not terribly original with the possible exception of Bratt who really surprised me with his colorful work. And as a fan of Wiig, I did enjoy the quirky energy that she brought to her happy-go-lucky, inexperienced agent. And once again, Carrell seems to have a bit of fun with Gru even when the material is all too familiar. Of course, the one thing that really works and the filmmakers are aware of it is the adorable minions who manage to grab a laugh or two at every turn.

The biggest disservice to the original film is how this sequel just takes everything a step too far with a reckless abandon. If you laughed at the fart gun, be prepared to suffer through that joke much too often this time around. The over-the-top action sequences also feel like they drag on a bit too long making Grus latest adventure far more of a standard kids flick. Even Margo, Edith and Agnes feel like an afterthought as each of the girls gets mixed up in subplots that feel forced and not very interesting. This is especially true for poor Margo who discovers a cute boy at the mall and finds out why they call it a "crush." However the father/daughter sombrero guacamole hat was pretty inspired. The idea of building their family is a nice one which manages to show a little bit of the color that inspired the first, but only for a moment.

As far as a loud and brash animated movie for kids (and possibly adults) this is visually an impressive ride. The 3D works well enough especially with an end credit minion scene that once again proves who the real stars are. Yes, if you like the little yellow minions then you will probably enjoy yourself a little bit. This is their movie and they end up being utilized in the plot quite nicely. DESPICABLE ME 2 is an uninspired sequel that simply goes for the laughs and manages to offer a few charming moments. Not a great movie for sure, but if your kids want to see this there is enough humor to not drive yourself minion crazy. Perhaps when they eventually go for a number three they will be able to bring some of the heart back and make a whole lot more than an adorable toy commercial.

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9:26PM on 07/05/2013
Saw it. Liked it. Plenty of Groo & kids. Plenty of Wiig's character, which I enjoyed. Great new villain.

Sure, there was more Minion time, but it was integral to the plot. And it wasn't THAT much more than in the first one.

Nothing about this screamed easy cash grab. Worthy sequel in my book...
Saw it. Liked it. Plenty of Groo & kids. Plenty of Wiig's character, which I enjoyed. Great new villain.

Sure, there was more Minion time, but it was integral to the plot. And it wasn't THAT much more than in the first one.

Nothing about this screamed easy cash grab. Worthy sequel in my book...
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4:51PM on 07/03/2013
I have been saying it for a long time now. Universal basically uses movies and theme parks to advance franchises to make money. The story matter little to them as long it helps ticket and merchandise sales. That's why there was a sequel done in the first place. Its coming out just as the ride at universal is getting popular. It seems like every movie attraction coming soon at universal is in some way promoted by a movie that comes out before or during the time a theme park ride has come out.
I have been saying it for a long time now. Universal basically uses movies and theme parks to advance franchises to make money. The story matter little to them as long it helps ticket and merchandise sales. That's why there was a sequel done in the first place. Its coming out just as the ride at universal is getting popular. It seems like every movie attraction coming soon at universal is in some way promoted by a movie that comes out before or during the time a theme park ride has come out. That's why they have green lit transformers, terminator, and Jurassic park despite being a some what dead franchises. There is still rides at the park those movies can promote by making people want to go on the rides after seeing the movies.
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4:07PM on 07/03/2013
I don't know why, but I love the slapstick humor of the minions it cracks me up every time.
I don't know why, but I love the slapstick humor of the minions it cracks me up every time.
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2:34PM on 07/03/2013
Well considering how much Lone Ranger sucks this movie will no doubt rule the holiday weekend. Plenty of other movies for people to catch also. I really dug the first one also, and who complains about humor in a kids movie?
Well considering how much Lone Ranger sucks this movie will no doubt rule the holiday weekend. Plenty of other movies for people to catch also. I really dug the first one also, and who complains about humor in a kids movie?
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12:58PM on 07/03/2013
I didn't laugh once during the first one and I would even say that I hated it. The only thing I thought was funny was the minions but of course they milked the shit out of them with this one AND their own movie.
I didn't laugh once during the first one and I would even say that I hated it. The only thing I thought was funny was the minions but of course they milked the shit out of them with this one AND their own movie.
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12:03PM on 07/03/2013
Of course this movie doesnt "live up to expectations". Theyll say the same thing about any non-pixar animation. Apparently, according to the movie snobs, only the company that was once pixar is capable of producing a decent animated film. Rubbish! I hope this blows monster u outta the water
Of course this movie doesnt "live up to expectations". Theyll say the same thing about any non-pixar animation. Apparently, according to the movie snobs, only the company that was once pixar is capable of producing a decent animated film. Rubbish! I hope this blows monster u outta the water
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1:20PM on 07/03/2013
THEY aren't harsh on Pixar sequels in your world? They are where we all live....
THEY aren't harsh on Pixar sequels in your world? They are where we all live....
1:52PM on 07/03/2013
Just wait until planes comes out.
Just wait until planes comes out.
5:06PM on 07/03/2013
Check your tinfoil hat, buddy. I think it's slipping.
Check your tinfoil hat, buddy. I think it's slipping.
5:54AM on 07/04/2013
dude, you clearly have something against pixar, because most sequels that pixar does get hammered, just check cars for example :P
and @ Scorpio77, Planes is NOT a Pixar movie thank God :P
dude, you clearly have something against pixar, because most sequels that pixar does get hammered, just check cars for example :P
and @ Scorpio77, Planes is NOT a Pixar movie thank God :P
12:00PM on 07/03/2013

first one was ok

but i have no interest in a sequel. I may see it on dvd when it gets released.

Also, does anyone else find the minions more annoying than cute?
but i have no interest in a sequel. I may see it on dvd when it gets released.

Also, does anyone else find the minions more annoying than cute?
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9:02AM on 07/03/2013
Disheartening. We're seeing it, regardless, but w the Minions getting their own flick, I don't want to see them hogging the show in this one. Sounds like my girls will like it more than I will....
Disheartening. We're seeing it, regardless, but w the Minions getting their own flick, I don't want to see them hogging the show in this one. Sounds like my girls will like it more than I will....
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3:52AM on 07/03/2013
I just love those Minions. They are so cute.
I just love those Minions. They are so cute.
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3:11AM on 07/03/2013
Really excited for this one. Enjoyed the first one much more than I thought I would have and because of that I have very high expectations for this sequel.
Really excited for this one. Enjoyed the first one much more than I thought I would have and because of that I have very high expectations for this sequel.
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2:18AM on 07/03/2013
I didn't really like this. I think it falls into the pitfalls that a lot of sequels to popular kids' flicks do. In this case, it was ramping up the screen time for the minions. The whole film was them doing their thing, and while the plot point of (spoilers) minions turned evil by way of dangerous serum was interesting, they just left the potential unmined. I think a whole army of those purple guys unleashed on a city would have been a fun parody of superhero movie endings and their penchant
I didn't really like this. I think it falls into the pitfalls that a lot of sequels to popular kids' flicks do. In this case, it was ramping up the screen time for the minions. The whole film was them doing their thing, and while the plot point of (spoilers) minions turned evil by way of dangerous serum was interesting, they just left the potential unmined. I think a whole army of those purple guys unleashed on a city would have been a fun parody of superhero movie endings and their penchant for battles set in big metropolises. This film just didn't much have a focus to it, the villain's plot was only addressed towards the last 15 minutes and everything before that just kind of went in circles. I think they also wasted Kristen Wiig in a pretty uninteresting part. She's very, very funny, but her role was written as bordering on annoying. However, this film makes excellent use of 3D and does look colourful and exciting. And there were some pretty good gags, like the one involving the shark and the volcano. While Benjamin Bratt wasn't bad at all, I feel kinda disappointed that it could've been Al Pacino instead.
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1:41AM on 07/03/2013

uninspired was the perfect word

I completelg agreed. It just felt bland with a few laughs. I am still looking forward to the minion movie tho
I completelg agreed. It just felt bland with a few laughs. I am still looking forward to the minion movie tho
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