Full disclosure: I hate spoilers in reviews, so there won’t be any in this one. What can I say about DESPICABLE ME 2? Is it a family film? Boy, is it! This movie is fun, fun, fun!! Bring the babies – no-one will hear them crying, because they’ll be laughing too much. Maybe a little hyperbole, there, but this is a family-friendly film that will have you laughing all the way home. I walked out of the theater wanting to walk right back in and see it again. Warning – there will be multiple instances of hyperbole in this review.
DESPICABLE ME 2 (do I need to mention that it’s a sequel to DESPICABLE ME?) continues on with the story of the most lovable villain, Gru, and his girls, Margot, Edith and Agnes. After a teaser to set up the story (Arctic Circle, science lab, giant magnet, etc.), the movie begins with Agnes’ fairy princess birthday party, which has to be one of the most fun kids’ party ever! Who wouldn’t want Minions running around dressed up as knights at their birthday party?
The movie cuts back and forth between Gru and his family and the Anti-Villains League (AVL), who want to recruit Gru, who is now in the business of making jelly. AVL agent Lucy Wild is assigned to bring in Gru, who resists at first, but then succumbs to temptation and becomes an undercover villain, in order to track down the super villain who stole a secret transforming elixir.
In a parallel storyline, Gru is being hassled about his love-life, or lack thereof. Neighbors are trying to set him up on dates and the girls even get involved, which is more understandable, given their desire for a mother, than the neighbor’s interference. Gru isn’t the only one with a love story going on. Margot falls in love with Antonio (and so would I have, if I were her age – bad boys were my downfall) and Gru responds in typical overly-protective dad fashion, interfering and accusing and being a nuisance.
In the spy story, Gru and his partner, Agent Wild, work together to find the super villain responsible for the crime committed in the teaser mentioned above. In typical spy spoof fashion, there are crazy gadgets, slapstick stealth and rescue scenes (this one includes a guard chicken named Pollito), and the best password sequence I’ve seen. In the end, Gru and Lucy have different ideas about who is responsible, though, and Gru is eventually let go, while Lucy is rewarded with a plush assignment in Australia. In the meantime, the super villain is busy kidnapping Gru’s minions in furtherance of his evil plan. The super villain has some nasty surprises up his sleeve for Gru, not least of which is his true identify.
The voice actors in this film are brilliant. For most of them, I wouldn’t know who they are without having seen the list of stars at the start of the film (or having seen “Despicable Me”). Sadly, Dr. Nefario (one of my favorite characters from “Despicable Me” – Russell Brand is also a favorite) retires early in the film. The music is fantastic; the animation is perfectly cartoonish; the story is funny and charming without the burden of needing to be heartwarming (it does have its moments) or thematic (of course, themes are there, but are not the point of the story). This isn’t a moralistic tale full of life lessons; it’s pure entertainment. The Minions are adorable and I can’t wait to get the DVD, because I expect there to be another Minion feature on it (take note, Universal – I expect a Minion feature on the DVD).
Enjoy the movie! I hope you all get Gruties! I’m going out for tortilla chips and guacamole. For more family movie news, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.