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Movie Review: Despicable Me 2

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Prinz Lee wrote this review 4 years and 6 months ago

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It is without question Universal Pictures has landed themselves a golden franchise with “Despicable Me.” In modern times most of us think of Pixar (or DreamWorks) as the studio to handle successful animation – and with good reason. Seriously, who among us isn’t a fan of anything they’ve released. However, now with such popular weight courtesy of what started back in 2010, Universal Pictures can pound their chest, stomp grounds, and rave about their animated gem (along with Illumination Entertainment).


To this day I recall the screening, how I felt, and found myself in awe with how cute, funny, and heartfelt “Despicable Me” turned out be. It was a world of wonder as we were introduced to its lead, super-villain-wannabe Gru (Steve Carell), who was given an ultimate challenge when he encountered three orphan girls who unexpectedly modified his life. The development of relationship between Gru and Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elise Fisher) was the life-line of the adventure, and remains a crucial element in what has grown into the franchise we’ve fallen in love with – and that’s not discounting its peripheral bundles-of-joy with Gru’s Minions.


Considering where the first one ended, some changes were to be expected and that’s exactly what happens. Cut to 2013, “Despicable Me 2” continues as it follows Gru (post his villainous ways) raising the girls, along with Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) and the Minions enjoying some free time and working up new ideas. But as he starts to adjust to his role as a family man, an ultra-secret organization (known as the Anti-Villain League) dedicated to fighting evil around the world comes banging at his door looking to make an offer. Once that offer is locked and (reluctantly) sealed, it’s up to Gru and his new side-kick, Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) to discover who is responsible for an outrageous crime and bring him and/or her to justice. That said; keep in mind it takes the mind of the greatest former villain to help and help catch the one that’s looking to replace him.


There really isn’t anything else to say other than this is an equally, hilarious sequel. The stakes are raised with a script that provides cute complexities, and although the hardest laughs are provided by the Minions, the story is just as cute, adventurous, and fun. Touching on subjects that entail life changes – especially as the girls are starting to view life a bit different – “Despicable Me 2” manages to embrace reality with comedic twists and turns.


One of the best set-ups (I won’t give away) in this one is how this new super-villain has a thing for the Minions, therefore, having them a lot more involved in the story. It’s a free-for-all as we get to see more of the squabbles, fart-guns, Minion-talk, giddiness, and other Minion-like-antics that may be deemed “dumb” by some, but oh-so-freaking-hilarious, one cannot get enough of them. Some of the adventurous antics also involves providing us with different forms of Minions – making it that much more fun to have them all over the screen. 


The differences among both films are pretty clear. Where the first pressed emotional buttons, this one gives us more of an action/adventure ride that finds itself tangled in a web of cartoonish conspiracies, unleashing a fresh new take in what’s become one of the best animated features to this day! “Despicable Me 2” isn’t just an enjoyable family flick with a bundle of laughs, it’s also a piece that continues its magic of providing audiences with interesting, charming characters, a smart plot, and phenomenal voice-over-work courtesy of its powerful cast.


Definitely a must-see this summer! 


Grade: A



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