2010’s Despicable Me was inventive, funny, touching and original. Despicable Me 2 is not the follow up everyone anticipated, it’s forgettable (I am having a hard time remembering the whole plot!), and boring enough that the four and five year boys I brought asked to leave half way through.
Gru (Steve Carrel), the Russian accented ex-villain is back; he’s making jelly in his former evil lair, sweet to his adopted daughters (so much so that he is dressing up as a fairy princess for a birthday party), and has continued on his path to living a life for good instead of evil. Agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) of the Anti-Villain League is trying to recruit Gru because a new villain has developed a giant
electromagnet that stole an entire research facility in Antarctica. The AVL has located the magnet being held at the local mall. Gru and Lucy must go undercover as cupcake shop owners to locate the magnet and bring the villain to justice. Along the way, Gru’s adopted daughters Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) decide it’s time for Gru to get in the dating game. One of the funny moments (for parents) was during a flash back where little Gru
tried to ask out a pretty girl on the playground- he was mercilessly teased and hasn’t asked out anyone since.
The minions are back and the funniest part of Despicable Me 2, they were the only thing my son and his friend laughed at. They are still lovable, hilarious, and in the film just enough where you never get sick of them and you wish they were in it more. New character Lucy (Kristen Wiig) is a small bright spot in an overall blah film, but certainly not one of Wiig’s unforgettable characters. Despicable Me 2 seemed more focused on making the parents laugh then the kids, too many of the funny jokes went right over their heads leaving the kids bored until the minions came back.
Despicable Me 2 is worth a redbox rental, but if you are desperate to take your kids to a movie theatre during the holiday weekend, take them to Monsters University. More laughs, hilarious hijinks, and a sweet emotional side that is hard not to smile about.
In theatres July 3rd
1 hour 38 minutes
Starring; Steve Carrel, Kristen Wiig, Russel Brand, Benjamin
Bratt, Ken Jeong, and Miranda Cosgrove