“That’s right baby, I’m back in the game!”– Steve Carell as Gru
What’s good: There are a few funny moments with the minions.
What’s not good: A poor plot, annoying lead character, and no heart.
What happened: Making a good movie sequel is one of the hardest feats to accomplish in Hollywood. While most are complete flops like ‘The Matrix: Reloaded’, very few can be considered even better than the original as is the case with ‘The Dark Knight’. ‘Despicable Me 2’ is sadly another example of a film that is not only worse than the first film, but quite possibly should not have been made.
Life has been really good for Gru (Steve Carell) ever since Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and the lovable Agnes (Elsie Fisher) came into his world. He even left the evil business and started a new gig to spend more time with them. What he does for Agnes at her birthday party shows just how far this former villain has come. The only thing Gru is missing now is a woman to love.
A top secret research facility has suddenly gone missing and the AVL (Anti-Villain League) is on the case. One of their most unpredictable agents, Lucy Wild (Kristen Wiig), is sent on a mission to find someone to help her track this culprit down. Gru soon finds himself back in the game and must figure out who is behind it all. There’s something familiar about Eduardo (Benjamin Bratt). It’s as if Gru met him in another life. Meanwhile, the minions have been disappearing at an alarming rate. It is up to Gru to find this criminal mastermind and stop him before it’s too late.
It’s pretty easy to tell that the makers of ‘Despicable Me 2’ tried very hard to improve upon the first film by focusing on what really worked. Audiences loved little Agnes the first time around and for good reason; she was sweet, loveable, and funny. Her character seems to have more screen time than before and it was a great decision because she delivers in every scene. The minions were so funny in the original that audiences clamored for more. They are hilarious throughout this time and are especially comical during the birthday party for Agnes. You will be surprised how big of a role they play in this one. Lucy Wild’s escape after her first encounter with Gru was also cool to see too.
The biggest problem with ‘Despicable Me 2’ is that it doesn’t have the heart that the original did. The first film focused on the relationship between the big, bad Gru and the three little girls looking for a home. This one tends to be more about everything else including the minions and the mystery behind what is going on. Most won’t care about what happens to Gru and his family as much as they did before. Also, the plot was so poor that you will wish a different film had been made all together. It severely hurts the movie and makes it painfully predictable. Lastly, the Lucy Wild character was extremely annoying. You will come to almost loathe her every time she is on screen. Hopefully these issues will all be straightened out in the third one.
Bottom Line: ‘Despicable Me 2’ is still a decent film even though it’s not nearly as good as the original.
Rating: PG Run time: 1 hour, 38 minutes
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