Despicable Me 2 returns Gru and minion fans to the people they love and offers a surprisingly effective story about fatherhood, heroism, and even romance. While not as edgy as the first, the minions take even more of a center stage role in this flick– none of us should be surprised if there’s a minion movie coming out in 2015 or soon after.
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Released July 3, 2013
Written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio
Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
Starring Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Carell, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Benjamin Bratt, Russell Brand, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, and Moises Arias
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Gru (Carell) is pretty content as a dad to Margo (Cosgrove), Agnes (Fisher), and Edith (Gaier). Sure, he sometimes craves the danger and action of being a bad guy and he certainly still invents wacky machines, but he’s a great dad who wants to make sure his daughters know he loves them this big.
It’s hard to go wrong with a movie that has a character like this at its heart.
But there’s a really bad thing going on and a group of super-villain stoppers are recruiting Gru to help stop a villain from bringing great peril to the world. The agent in charge of recruiting and handling Gru is Lucy (Wiig), and Lucy is a confident, no-monkey-business, and competent agent.
So Gru and Lucy open a front in a mall so that they can monitor some people who might be the big bad guy they’re looking for. The front is a bakery. Meanwhile, the minions go about their business of keeping things under a minion-value of control, and Gru’s daughters are growing up.
When Gru and Lucy find the bad guy, the people Gru loves are put in peril and he has to find a way to outwit a guy who might actually be his biggest rival from his past.
Filled with lots of fresh, surprising, very well-timed humor of all types, as well as an unashamedly deep sentiment, Despicable Me 2 doesn’t go far wrong. The plot contrivances that set up the need for a bakery front in a mall are a bit– well– easy. Some of the jokes are a bit toilet-humor, but are mitigated by the minions’ unfailing goodness.
And we know that Gru’s going to win, of course.
But there are great sequences that will keep even adults entertained and there are moments that kids will laugh and parents will say, “Aww.”
This is a good movie. Clean, heartfelt, really, really funny, and captivating. The girls, Agnes, Edith, and Margo are just wonderfully written and voiced, making the conflicts of the movie a little deeper and impactful.
You’ll like this flick.
Content warnings: Only if you don’t like intermittent, low-brow humor.
Writing: 4 Acting: 5 Overall: 4
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