Family Movietime: Despicable Me 2

Despicable me 2 teaserHow do you follow up a successful and original movie like Despicable Me? In Despicable Me 2Gru (Steve Carell) is still a happy adoptive dad to Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Agnes (Elsie Fisher) and Edith (Dana Gaier). He’s gotten out of the villain game and is doing all the things his girls want. Even his neighbors like him now and repeatedly try to set him up on dates. Gru is recruited by Lucy (Kristen Wiig) who works for the Anti-Villain League to be a spy. All the while Gru’s 2nd in command Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) tells him he’s leaving to work for a different villain since Gru is no longer in the game.

The minions have a much bigger role this time around. Its clear they realize just how much they are liked and they put a big focus on them. We even get more names and personalities from them. Lucy and Gru start working together undercover in a bakery in the mega mall in order to flush out one of the they other food court owners who they believe is a villain in hiding. A sub-story is that Margo falls in love with Antonio (Moises Arias) the son of Eduardo (Benjamin Bratt) who owns the local Mexican restaurant. While Gru, Lucy and Margo are all otherwise focused the minions are being kidnapped.

The competing storyline of Gru falling in love with Lucy and the fate of the minions seem to blend well. You don’t feel like the plot to get Gru a wife is at the forefront so it doesn’t feel forced at you. Kristen Wiig was in the first film voicing a different character but my daughter didn’t notice it at all. Despicable Me 2 really shines in its great use of 3D. From the opening of Agnes birthday party to the end during the credits they makes sure if you pay for the upgrade its completely worth it. Children ages and up should be fine watching Despicable Me 2. There’s very little to scare them. If you’ve seen the before fill promos where the minions and the purple guy are at the movies telling you to shut off your cell phone and that doesn’t bother them then they will be just fine with this film. I really enjoyed this, making it possibly the best kids film I’ve seen all year.

 

My Rating: Matinee
Worth 3D upgrade? YES
Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
MPAA Rating: PG
Release Date: July 3rd, 2013
Run time: 98 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures

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