I loved Despicable Me. It was a good time at the movies. And so I was really looking forward to seeing the sequel. And I am happy to report that Despicable Me 2 does not disappoint.
The gang is back: Gru (Steve Carell), Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand), the minions (voiced by the directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud), and of course Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher), are all present and accounted for.
This time around Gru is an upright citizen who has been recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help uncover the identity of a fearsome villain who has stolen an entire secret lab where a mysterious potion was being developed. In the hands of the wrong person that potion could be very very dangerous. Gru is recruited by Lucy (Kristen Wiig), a chirpy lady with a penchant for mixed martial arts, and before long sparks are flying.
Despicable Me 2 is a sweet movie, of the kind they just don’t make any more. This is really animation for innocence and the family dynamics are as adorable as ever.
Little Agnes is still my favourite of all the characters and she gets some choice little lines in this one as well. Nothing quite on par with “He’s so fluffy, I think I’m going to die!” but, “I’d like to make some toast,” works just as well.
And the minions get some quality screen time so it’s all good for fans of the previous movie.
Since this is a sequel all the character transformation that took place in the original movie (that also gave the narrative all of its heft) is missing. So Despicable Me 2 plays like a minor piece relative to its predecessor. But a fun one nonetheless.
Final Analysis: Fun movie. For the whole family. My only thought about this franchise—should it continue—is that the makers should probably take a cue from the Indiana Jones series and start putting Gru’s name in future episodes. Because the dude is not despicable at all. Not even one little bit.
My Advice: Go watch this on the big screen. Watch it in 3D. All kind of fun little nooks and crannies to peek into when the extra dimension comes into play.