Review No. 520
“Despicable Me 2” is a pretty abeebin dwah doo dee doe do movie!
DIRECTED BY PIERRE COFFIN AND CHRIS RENAUD. PRODUCED BY CHRIS MELEDANDRI AND JANET HEALY. SCREENPLAY BY CINCO PAUL AND KEN DAURIO. FEATURING THE VOICES OF STEVE CARELL (FELONIOUS GRU), KRISTEN WIIG (LUCY WILDE), BENJAMIN BRATT (EDUARDO PEREZ / EL MACHO), MIRANDA COSGROVE (MARGO), RUSSELL BRAND (DR. NEFARIO), STEVE COOGAN (SILAS RAMSBOTTOM), AND KEN JEONG (FLOYD EAGLE-SAN). ALSO FEATURING THE VOICES OF COFFIN, RENAUD, ELSIE FISHER, DANA GAIER, MOISÉS ARIAS, NASIM PEDRAD, AND KRISTEN SCHAAL. DISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL PICTURES ON JULY 3, 2013. PRODUCED IN ENGLISH BY THE UNITED STATES. RUNS 1 HOUR, 38 MINUTES. SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES.
DESPICABLE ME 2 WAS WATCHED ON JULY 7, 2013.
Despicable Me 2 picks up directly where its predecessor left off, with a similar appreciation for “evilship,” regardless of how much the hero has changed. Felonious Gru (Steve Carell) has now abandoned his career as a supervillain and instead become a loving father to his three adopted daughters. But his supervillainy is still a major part of his past. He’s brought to the Anti-Villain League, an association that uses former supervillains to think in the minds of current supervillains.
Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio must’ve had a lot of fun writing the script. It flows along ever so freely. As a result, we get a lot more of the minions, which is such a delight. Unless you simply do not have an inner child to let loose with, it’s nearly impossible not to laugh at their antics. I hear there is a spinoff simply called Minions due for the holiday season of 2014, and I’m already excited. Where the script fails is in a cohesive plot. After the story has come to be, it’s subplot after subplot after subplot. A good eighty to eighty-five percent of the time, the jokes can distract you from the fact that there’s no real glue to hold this movie together. The other fifteen to twenty percent of the time, it drags.
When I watched Despicable Me not too long ago, I was convinced it was the new Shrek: an animated film that coaxes you into loving an undeniably bad guy. Perhaps, then, Despicable Me 2 is the new Shrek 2. Particularly when it had every nerve to take the money and run, it’s a worthwhile followup. Not quite as great as the original, but worthwhile by any standards. It’s splendidly animated and abeebin dwah doo dee doe do. I’m not sure what the hell all that means, but the minions (directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud) said it ever so enthusiastically, and it stuck.
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