Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Review: Despicable Me 2

Release Date:  July 3, 2013
Running Time: 98 minutes
Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Ken Jeong
Who to see it with: Anyone who love the minions (so anyone)!


The minions are back! Despicable Me 2 brings all your favorites from the first movie--Gru, the kids, and the minions--back for another adventure! Starting with the animation, Despicable Me 2 is just beautiful. There are some amazing fabric textures, beautiful hair and fur, and just all around gorgeous animation. The Despicable Me movies have a great style: sort of an exaggerated, bright look and feel which is continued in the sequel and looks wonderful. The animation particularly shines  in some of the "special effects," especially a couple of impressive explosions. The voice acting is very good. Steve Carell is great as Gru; recognizable but not distracting. Kristen Wiig is enjoyable as Gru's sidekick. As always, the minions are the best. There are plenty of fun "minion moments" (for lack of a better word) that provide great laughs. Minions' voice acting is simply wonderful and the made up language that they use is amusing. At times, you think you can understand what they say. There are also plenty of recognizable minion-made song and pop culture references / parodies that provide plenty of laughs and smiles.

The story of Despicable Me 2 is clever and feels like a natural continuation of the first one. Similar to the original, it is a decidedly over the top adventure that features plenty of time for all your favorite characters. It also has its fair share of laughs and several genuinely heartfelt moments. If you liked the first movie, heck if you just like the minions (and who doesn't), then you're going to love this movie. Despicable Me 2 does something that is very difficult for animation sequels; it continues the story of the original while adding some new characters and story lines but keeping everything you loved about the first. 

See it.

PS - There are a series of stingers right after the credits start. Make sure to watch them!

3D Note - The 3D is enjoyable and there are several "3D moments," effects specifically (and cheesily) made to take advantage of the third dimension. Not necessary but they are fun to see.


DM2 is a somewhat funny and, at times, surprisingly touching movie. The human characters are likable and well-acted. There's a romance subplot that's believably developed and provides fun takes on certain romantic comedy cliches.  The story sometimes toys with the former supervillain concept, but never seems very clever or interesting. It takes a backseat to the characters, which may not be so effective when lots of time is spent with pop culture-referencing minions. They're cute and occasionally funny, but the random references are only good for a quick laugh and won't offer much on repeat viewings. I prefer when the film focuses on the innately funny aspects of their strange behavior. Despicable Me 2 is fun and families will enjoy it, but it could have better utilized the unique aspects of its central character and setting.

Rent it.

PS - I haven't seen the original movie, but had little trouble getting to know the characters and their personalities.

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