Review: “Despicable Me 2″ is a great sequel

July 2nd, 2013 at 9:49 pm by under Entertainment
"Despicable Me 2" poster courtesy Universal Pictures

“Despicable Me 2″ poster courtesy Universal Pictures

“Despicable Me 2” (2013)
Rated: PG for rude humor and mild action
Runtime: 1 hour, 38 minutes
Genre: Animation/Comedy/Crime/Family

My spoiler-free review:

Its hard to believe that “Despicable Me 2″ could be better than the first, but it is!   Good sequels take whatever worked in the first movie and up the ante while adding new characters and new plot.  This animated adventure does all that with plenty of jokes for adults and silly stuff for kids… I give it 8.5 out of 10 … its fun for most of the family!
(It is PG  for the action plus the many fart/poop jokes).

The Directors of “Despicable Me” – Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud – plus the writers returned for this sequel that upped the action/adventure, added more gadgets and spy stuff, increased the adorable factor, and added a possible love interest for Gru.

Sure Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is one of history’s greatest villains, but in order to further his development as the anti-villain, the team had to add some new challenges and character building tasks for him and deepen his character by further developing his relationships with adopted daughters Margo, Agnes, and Edith.  He may be a tough guy, but his soft spot for the three girls looks like its getting softer.   Plus with the added possible romantic interest, Gru is fighting villians while possibly falling in love.

“Despicable Me 2″ has great looking animation and great voicework led by Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, creating a group of memorable characters that were more than just cartoons… they were oddly-shaped real people… that are memorable.

And then there’s the minions.   The hilarious little yellow scene stealers are still a bundle of fun on their own… as the creators give them a bunch of little scenes on their own… including the car chase and musical numbers of “I Swear” (All for One) and “Y.M.C.A.” (Village People) that will have you laughing… its great stuff for the adults in the crowd.   I’m all but guaranteeing that you’ll have tears from this movie – either from laughter or the emotional/sentimental stuff.

Also the 3-D IS worth it… this time around the 3-D isn’t just stuff coming at you or depth of field tricks, its actually “point-of-view” 3-D where you’re looking and moving around from the character’s POV, in 3-D.

Plus some credits fun… if you can stick around, there’s more 3-D with the minions goofing around in the credits, nothing you can’t miss – it doesn’t set up another movie or expand the characters – but it is fun, and more 3-D, if you’ve paid for it, you might as well see it all right?

MORE INFO (possible spoilers): Despicable Me 2” 

Cast (Voices of): Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Russell Brand, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, Moises Arias, Nasim Pedrad, Kristen Schaal

Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Writers: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul

The Plot: Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.

So what did you think?  Please post a comment!

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