Thanks to Universal Pictures offering free screening passes to “Despicable Me 2” I was able to catch it last night in Lees Summit, Mo. I’m not going to lie to you, I’m a huge fan of the minions and thankfully my fiancé is too. I was able to take her up for the early screening which we saw in 3D. Each time we saw the trailers for the movie we couldn’t help but laugh at the minions so let’s see if the movie is as good as the trailers are.
“Despicable Me 2” starts almost like the first one with a heist. Instead of stealing pyramids this time a top secret lab in Antarctica is being stolen by a ship that looks like a giant magnet. The lab we find out was creating a special serum to, for lack of better terms, Hulk something out and they stay that way. When I say Hulk I mean the character from “The Avengers” in case you were wondering. A group known as the Anti Villain League or the AVL sends Agent Lucy Wilde to get Gru to help out with this new villain.
Gru, since the last movie, has stopped being a villain and started making jams and jellies with the help of his minions and Dr. Nefario. Nefario wants to still be evil but Gru wants to good now that he has the girls. The girls and Gru have a great relationship and they are trying to find him someone to date. After Agnes birthday Gru is kidnapped by Lucy Wilde and taken to the AVL top secret lair. Silas, their leader, tells Gru that he is going undercover at a local mall to find out who has stolen the serum.
Not many sequels can say they were just as good as the first movie but “Despicable Me 2” can. The minions, I felt, were not a big part of the original film and per the directors, they weren’t meant to. Well, the directors listened to everyone and added more minions! Everyone from the first film voices the same characters in the sequel. Russell Brand is Dr Nefario, Steve Carrell as Gru and they added Kristen Wiig as Lucy Wilde.
The movie overall was hilarious and found myself laughing just as loud as the kids I was sitting next too. It also looks really good in 3D including the end credit scenes with the minions. My rule of thumb with 3D is seeing animated movies in 3D and not live action. If you aren’t sold on “Despicable Me 2” or if it is sold out, you could check out “Monsters University.” I personally haven’t seen it but you can read my friend Tim English’s review of it by clicking on the link below.
‘Monsters University’ is a serviceable but familiar sequel from Pixar