Despicable Me 2 (2013)

July 3, 2013 0
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
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CHRIS MELEDANDRI and his acclaimed film­making team create an all­new comedy adventure featuring the return of (former?) super­villain Gru (STEVE CARELL of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.Now that the ever­entrepreneurial Gru has left behind a life of super crime to raise Margo (MIRANDA COSGROVE of television’s iCarly), Edith (DANA GAIER of Bullied) and Agnes (ELSIE FISHER of television’s Masha and the Bear), Gru, Dr. Nefario (RUSSELL BRAND of Get Him to the Greek, Hop) and the Minions have some free time on their hands.

But as he starts to adjust to his role as a suburban family man, an ultra­secret organization dedicated to fighting evil around the globe comes knocking. Now, it’s up to Gru and his new partner, Lucy Wilde (KRISTEN WIIG of Bridesmaids, TV’s Saturday Night Live), to discover who is responsible for a spectacular crime and bring him to justice. After all, it takes the world’s greatest ex­villain to catch the one vying to take his place…

Joining the returning cast for Despicable Me 2 are KEN JEONG (The Hangover trilogy, television’s Community) as Floyd Eagle­san, proprietor of the local hair replacement club for men and key suspect in the most despicable crime to hit the globe since Gru departed the game; STEVE COOGAN (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Tropic Thunder) as Silas Ramsbottom, Lucy’s boss in the Anti­Villain League and a superspy whose surname offers an endless source of amusement to the Minions; MOISES ARIAS (Hannah Montana, The Secret World of Arrietty) as Antonio, the oh­so­suave object of Margo’s girlhood affection (and Gru’s supreme annoyance); and BENJAMIN BRATT (Miss Congeniality, Snitch) as Eduardo Perez, Antonio’s father, owner of Salsa & Salsa restaurant, and the man who may or may not be the most macho super­villain who ever villained, El Macho.

 

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After a three-year absence, Gru (Steve Carell ) and his many Minions are back in 2013′s Despicable Me 2. Time with his adopted girls have warmed this evil villain’s heart. He is no longer the criminal he once was, even though he is still admired by crooks everywhere for stealing the Moon.Nowadays, our evil genius struggles to live a crime-free life making jellies and jams. After dressing up as a fairy princess at his youngest daughter’s birthday party and losing Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) to another super villain, we discover that Gru is in somewhat of a rut.

Enter super-secret agent, Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) and the Anti Villain League. Of course they have a top secret mission that only Gru can help them with. Of course he initially turns the job down because he’s no longer in the business, and of course he finally accepts their offer after having a bad day in the real world. Will he get the girl? Will he save the day? I’m not spoiling it for you.

This film has all the charm of the original, and more humor for the adults in the audience than Disney’s Monster University. The Minions, being the sleeper hit from the first movie, have an expanded role in the sequel similar to the Penguin’s role in DreamWorks’ Madagascar series. I’d expect more animated films to be milking this sidekick formula for years to come, but I say that you can never beat the original Oompa Loompas.

Even though Despicable Me 2 has an oft-used plotline, the story is captivating for all 98 minutes. I didn’t notice the film dragging anywhere, and I still laughed even though many of the funniest moments were shown in the movie’s trailers. Take the kids out for the matinee to see this one. It gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.

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