As successful as Despicable Me was in the summer of 2010, I asked myself whether or not Despicable Me 2 was necessary? Boy did I find the answer out really quick! From the moment the opening credits started, I looked around the theater and the looks on every child’s face was pure wide eyed with grins from cheek to cheek!
Right then and there I knew something special was going to happen as I watched Steve Carell reprise his role as Gru, the evil villain turned loving father, as he continues to raise his adopted 3 daughters: Margo, Edith, and Agnes with the help from his legions of Minions. The characteristics of Gru are terrific. He has this seriousness that makes every interaction with other characters hysterical because in all silliness, you can’t take him serious. As stern and over protective he attempts to be, deep down inside he is a big old softie who adores his kids and will do anything to keep them safe and happy!
Enter Saturday Night Live alumni Kristen Wiig as Lucy; the Anti-Villain League agent who more or less recruits Gru due to his knowledge as a former criminal mastermind into helping them locate and capture an unidentified evil doer who’s scheme to take over the world is ever so close to becoming a reality! It’s up to Gru and Lucy to find their suspect and maybe even find a little love in the process!
The comedic caliber of cast mates in this delightfully entertaining animated movie is robust. From Benjamin Bratt (Miss Congeniality) as the restaurant owning dance phenomenon, Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek) as the scientific madman, Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) as Gru’s eldest love struck teen, to even Ken Jeong (Hangover 3) as the hair connoisseur bring such a fun time for all theater attendees, whether kids or adults alike.
Last and not least are the characters who really steal the show, we know them best as the gibberish speaking Minions! Once again they really make the movie, as they have some of the funniest segments on film! Their crazy antics is what really makes this movie what it is!
No matter if you never have seen the first Despicable Me movie and or if you’ve seen the Despicable Me shorts like “Minion Madness” and “Minion Mayhem 3D”, Despicable Me 2 adds another page to this adorable franchise. You and your kids can easily jump into the theater and be thoroughly entertained with fun for all.
Rated PG for: rude humor and mild action
Run time: 98 minutes
After Credits Scene: None
Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand and Ken Jeong.
Directed By: Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 3.5/ Acting: 3/ Directing: 4/ Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls
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