Despicable Me 2 is just so wonderful.
The sequel to the 2010 hit sees Gru (Steve Carell) returning to action to help the Anti-Villain League. The league has lost a mutating agent, and to catch a supervillain, they feel they need one. Gru’s calm life as a single father is thrown out the door as he hunts villains, his daughter’s suitors and love.
In American sequels, producers typically try to identify the best part of the first movie and accentuate it. Oddly, while minions are clearly the best part of Despicable Me, they are minimized in the sequel. They have their own scenes, and those are funny, but the majority of the screen time is dedicated to Gru and Lucy (Kristen Wiig). But that implies there’s something wrong with Gru and Lucy’s romance, and really there isn’t. I wish the minions were in it more, but that’s the only gripe.
Despicable Me 2 carries all the super-absurdity anyone could expect from cartoons since The Incredibles and Megamind set the bar for the niche genre.
It’s a bit of a tap-in from the studio, but that doesn’t matter. The film is delightful and wonderful without qualification, and everyone should enjoy it.
A spin-off film, Minions, is set for 2014 release.
Joshua Knopp is a formerly professional film critic, licensed massage therapist, journalism and film student at the University of North Texas and a staff writer for the NT Daily. He loves Moira Applebaum soooo much. For questions, rebuttals and further guidance about cinema, you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. At this point, I’d like to remind you that you shouldn’t actually go to movies and form your own opinions. That’s what I’m here for. Be sure to come back later this week for a review of Pacific Rim.