Despicable Me 2 (2013)

Welcome back to the world of adorable and hilarious minions that serve the “evil” but caring Gru (Steve Carell). Gru has now turned his attention to making “Jam and Jelly” with the help of his many minions and the moral support of his three daughters, Agnes (Elsie Fisher), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Margo (Miranda Cosgrove). He’s leading a simple life and has nothing to do with evil at all. That is, until Lucy (Kristen Wiig), an agent for the A.V.L or Anti Villain League, comes to recruit Gru to help stop an evil mastermind from taking over the world. From then on, we get an hour and a half of laughs and formulaic events.

So the question that I’m assuming is on all of your minds is “Is Despicable Me 2 better than the first?”. To answer you frankly, it’s not. It’s nowhere near as creative as its’ predecessor and it lacks some of the heart that the first film had. However, this is still a very fun movie that will often have you smiling and laughing, regardless of your age. It does rely a lot on the minions and their mindless banter to get you to laugh though. For me, that kind of lessened the movie for me.

Speaking of lessening the movie, this movie’s plot is as basic as it gets. It’s formulaic, predictable, and something that most people could write themselves. This sequel certainly plays it safe and really goes light on the humor and story. It doesn’t really help the movie, but it doesn’t necessarily harm it either. It’s not the best movie, but I still laughed a lot when I saw this! I took my eleven year old sister to see this with me and I enjoyed it as much as she did (and she enjoyed it quite a bit). If anything, this movie sets out to entertain you and it does just that. Are you wondering what else it does well or poorly? Check out my Top Ten Thoughts on Despicable Me 2!

 

You went lighter on the story and humor… Didn’t you?

What I Enjoyed

What I Didn’t Enjoy

Steve Carell does another great job of adding likability to his “evil” character. That accent he uses is great!

It’s not as original as its’ predecessor, but it’s still a lot of fun!

Gru’s three daughters are incredibly cute and adorable. Their chemistry with Gru is very enjoyable to watch!

I actually wish that the movie was a bit longer because I was really enjoying it all throughout!

The addition of Kristen Wiig was a fantastic choice. Her quirky character adds even more laughs to this hilariously cute movie.

The plot is pretty formulaic and follows lots of predictable movie tropes.

The minions are hilarious, as per the usual, and really keep the movie going! They are cute and very funny!

The humor is very basic and doesn’t try to be daring. It’s kind of annoying, but I still laughed.

The gadgets and gizmos in this film are incorporated well and make the film more funny and more clever.

The creativity in the first film is almost completely absent in this new installment.

Although the story plays it safe, it’s still very enjoyable and better than most kids films these days.

I wanted to see some more of Agnes and the daughters because they are all really great, but they seem to have less screen time.

The new love interest in this film adds more than romance. We get a fun love trope that adds humor and some touching moments!

While the ending is funny, it seems incredibly forced to get you to leave feeling good about the movie.

There are a lot of jokes for children, but there are also a lot jokes for teenagers and adults, surprisingly.

The minions seem like more of a distraction this time around, to keep you from realizing that this film isn’t that great as far as a story goes.

The supporting cast is full of familiar voices that will have you enjoying the dialog even more.

They could have used the Anti Villain League a little but more. Their involvement could have aided the story a tad bit more.

I went to this movie with my little sister and we both had the same amount of fun watching it! As did the other teenagers and adults in the theater!

Despite its’ shortcomings in story and living up to its’ predecessor, this film is very enjoyable and will have anyone of any age smiling for most of the movie!

Overall:

Despicable Me 2, while not living up to its’ expectations, still delivers a warm and humorous experience that’s appropriate for people of all ages. It’s not even close to original, but in the end, that really won’t matter for most people. It’s enjoyable, it’s funny, and it’s a children’s movie that can satisfy even adults! Don’t go in expecting any wonders, but do go in expecting a great time!

Despicable Me 2 Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwXbtZXjbVE

3.5 STARS!!!

 

3.5 / 5 stars     

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