Despicable Me 2 Movie Review
Gru and his minions are back for Despicable Me 2, and if any more thought was put into the story than that, it doesn't show. Thankfully, the movie has enough antics to keep parents and children mildly entertained, though there seemed to be an abundance of squirming five-year-olds in attendance.
In Despicable Me 2, Gru (Steve Carell) is retired from super villain work and is seemingly content with caring for his three adopted daughters and making jam. That is until he is recruited by the AVL (Anti Villain League) to hunt down whoever is responsible for stealing a dangerous serum that turns bunnies into carnivorous monsters (also see The Lone Ranger, or don't). Along the way, he falls in love with his quirky partner (Kristen Wiig).
The movie lacks the cleverness and emotion of the first Despicable Me, opting instead for a more generic plot and slapstick comedy. The result is a largely forgettable film, but one that still has a good deal of laughs and hijinks to go around.
The minions save the day. DreamWorks has struck gold with Gru's supporting legion of yellow misfits; with their silly squeaks of dialogue and general stupidity, the minions are an endlessly lovable bunch. And funny.
Less impressive is the love story between Gru and Lucy, which is shrugworthy at best. Even as animated characters the two don't have great chemistry together. Despicable Me 2 also suffers from some pacing issues in the middle as it struggles to get to the point; it takes a really long time for the plot to come together and have purpose.
Despicable Me 2 is a fairly standard sequel, but even with a weak plot and a few slow segments, the movie has enough entertainment value to satisfy the family.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.