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Kidsí View Review: Despicable Me 2

By Tanner D. Luce (14 Years Old) Dec 11, 2013, 22:27 GMT

Kidsí View Review: Despicable Me 2

Gru, his adorable girls, and the mischievous Minions are back with a cast of unforgettable new characters in the blockbuster sequel to the worldwide phenomenon. Just as Gru has given up being super-bad to be a super-dad, the Anti-Villain League recruits him to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world. Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde, Gru, along with the wildly unpredictable Minions, must ...more

Despicable Me 2 is exactly what you would expect as a sequel to the smash hit Despicable Me. It has new characters, more laughs and gags, better animation, and a new (but sadly underdeveloped) plot. Despite the better animation and new jokes, it fails to capture the magic that the first one set three years ago.

Both of the Despicable Me movies revolve around the character Gru. In the first movie Gru was a super villain trying to steal the moon, only to be stopped when he starts to care and love the three girls he adopted as part of his plan. Now, in the second movie, Gru is a fully caring father to the girls. He has quit his evil life and manufactures jams and jellies for a living.

Everything is fine except that a new villain has emerged and the AVL (Anti Villain League) has recruited Gru to find out who the villain is. It isn’t long before he is falling in love with his AVL coworker, Lucy Wilde (He is too terrified to admit it, of course). Gru also has to protect his three girls, especially when the oldest of the trio, Margo, falls in love with some stupid boy named Antonio. Antonio was easily one of the most uncreative and least likable characters. The story is fairly predictable and straightforward.

The comedy is top notch. Most of it comes from Gru’s henchmen, the adorable and mischievous yellow creatures called Minions. The naughty little Minions are hilarious. They stampede through the streets and knock down children when the ice cream truck arrives. They bake cupcakes. They laugh because a person’s name sounds like “bottom”. They even have their own made up language. How can you not love them? A few other jokes are spread out between characters, but the Minions pretty much account for 85% of the comedy.

The animation and art style are very good. The cartoonish world of Gru is colorful and vibrant. The animation is much more fluid than the first movie. Once you add in the musical scores (written by Johannes Brahms) with the animation you have a complete sense of Gru’s world. Casting is also excellent with the exception of Moises Arias (Antonio) who sounded like he was talking about his recent dental surgery. Out of the entire cast, Steve Carrel (Gru’s voice) did the best job. His accent and wit made Gru one of the most interesting characters.

Overall, Despicable Me 2 deserves 3.5 stars. The Minions, while adorable and funny, took a bit too much of the screen time and the plot could have had a few more creative tweaks to it to make it more interesting. It is worth seeing if you liked the original or if you are looking for a funny lighthearted movie, but don’t expect it to be a mind-blowing masterpiece.



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