REVIEW: DESPICABLE ME 2
SYNOPSIS: Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster Despicable Me entertained audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In summer 2013, get ready for more Minion madness in Despicable Me 2. Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy adventure featuring the return of (former?) super-villain Gru (Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions...and a host of new and outrageously funny characters. www.despicable.me
Agnes: Are you really gonna save the world?
From stealing the moon to saving the world, Gru does it all in this sequel including raising 3 adorable little girls. I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people that when a film is over, I like to imagine what’s happened to the characters after the movie ends. So that’s my answer to those who might ask “is there really a need for a Despicable Me 2?” Yes! Yes! Yes!
This sequel finds Gru and the girls settling into family life just fine, what with birthday parties and daily life as a single dad. Gru adores his girls, Margo, voiced by Miranda Cosgrove, Edith and sweet little Agnes, but don’t think this means he’s become all soft and tender. Gru is evil through and through and yet he expertly and effortlessly switches between good father and evil villain with ease. But what’s a good dad to do? You can’t continue to be the world’s greatest villain and raise kids. Jams and Jellies. Yes, I mean you’ve got all those minion assistants and that incredible lab/basement/workshop, Professor Nephario (Russell Brand) with nothing to do, so you might as well do something with it, right?
Gru finds himself attempting to get his Jam and Jelly business off the ground when lo and behold he’s dragged (literally dragged) into the chance for an epic assignment just maybe not an evil one. The adventure in this movie is very “James Bondish” as my husband Cine Marcos, stated and I agree. Obviously, this being animation, the grandeur and epicness of it all is amplified that much more. But I have to say, I just get a kick out of the detail and realistic appearance in the animation itself, such as the fibers on Gru’s coat for example. I love that most of the original cast was brought back including Kristen Wiig, who played Miss Hattie in the first film and plays Lucy, someone very special both as an agent and to Gru, in this one. If you are a Kristen Wiig fan, as am I, you will very obviously “see” her in Lucy’s mannerisms. The minions are awesome as always but Agnes wins the prize as the most adorable movie child for me. Cine Marcos would disagree with me on that, he feels Boo from Monster’s Inc. is #1 and Agnes comes in at a close 2nd. There are incredible twists and turns in this storyline but in the end, doesn’t good always triumph over evil? There are some great cameos such as Ken Jeong and Benjamin Bratt. Director Pierre Coffin did an incredible job just as he did in Despicable Me, the first time around not to mention this awesome little bit of trivia - he voices most of the minions!
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