Movie Review: ‘Despicable Me 2’

Movie Review: ‘Despicable Me 2’

Movie Review: ‘Despicable Me 2’
July 01
11:38 2013

James Clay / Intern

Rating: 3/5

In the summer of 2010, the animated sleeper hit “Despicable Me” took the concept of a super-villain and completely turned it on its heels by adding two things: a heart and a family. Despite being slightly less inspired, “Despicable Me 2” is destined to exceed the box office heights that its predecessor achieved.

Steve Carell’s impeccable voice work as the villain turned-family man Gru, along with the comedic support of his mischievous hoard of Minions, makes for an adorable family film that doesn’t just pander to its younger audience.

The story picks up shortly after where the first left off, at youngest daughter Agnes’ (Elsie Kate Fisher) birthday party. Gru, now known for his bedtime stories rather than his freeze gun, is recruited by Lucy Wilde, expertly voiced by Kristen Wiig, to join the Anti-Villain League in order to stop a powerful new super-criminal.

Gru finds himself in uncharted waters once again, as he develops a relationship with his lanky partner Wilde, which terrifies the unlikely hero to no end. The two have a sort of innocence in terms of their relationship that plays into the overall sweet outlook of the film.

Parents will find some solace in the film when the story veers off on Gru’s objective to keep an ever watchful eye on his oldest daughter Margo’s (Miranda Cosgrove) budding romance with a mysterious smooth talking adolescent named Antonio (Moises Arias).

Jokes are plentiful throughout and they aren’t just geared towards the knee-high theater patrons. The little yellow humanoids, known as Minions, are back with a fresh spin. These iconic creations are just as cute as they were in the past, which is probably the reason they will be starring in their own feature film some time in the near future.

The film’s silly plot is excusable for the most part, mainly because it is what’s underneath that keeps the movie afloat. “Despicable Me 2” will elicit as many genuine heart warming moments as one can expect at the theater all year.

It’s a real credit to a film, especially a family movie, when it can truly get the whole audience involved from start to finish, such as the two “Despicable Me” films have done the past few years. Charming, hysterical, warm and fuzzy, is the best way to describe “Despicable Me 2.” So take a date, best friend or the whole family to check out this irresistible comedy.

“Despicable Me 2” opens tomorrow.

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