“Despicable Me 2″
Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Writers: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Nasim Pedrad, Kristen Schaal
There’s not much that can be said about Despicable Me 2 that hasn’t already been said about its predecessor. It has an excellent style that sets itself apart from most movies starring “people” (as opposed to anthropomorphic cars/fish/etc), unique characters (even amongst Gru’s all-but-identical Minions), heart, and by god is it funny. Seriously funny. Between the two most recent animated films I’ve seen, Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University, both are just excellent in their own ways. While Monsters University continued to build on its universe and had a strong story to back it up, Despicable Me 2 goes straight for the funny bone. Sure the story isn’t as solid, and characters aren’t nearly as fleshed-out as those in MU, but the comedy level is cranked up to 11 for both kids and adults!
…ok, mostly for kids…but it’s still hilarious!
And really that’s all that needs to be said about the film: If you enjoyed Despicable Me, you should love Despicable Me 2. The humor had me doubled over in laughter more than once, and even though it didn’t pull me in the way Monsters University did, I enjoyed revisiting the characters and getting to see even more of the minions than before. In fact, the Minions have their own (…individual?) story arc that is more silly than anything, but still hilarious and plays well into the overall plot of the movie!
I hate to say it but…I’m honestly looking forward to what they will do with the movie dedicated solely to the Minions now! Sure it could be a horrible flop, but at the same time I didn’t expect to enjoy DM2 as much as I did either.
Many adults may find it to be a bit too childish in humor, but if you love a well executed family-friendly comedy then Despicable Me 2 hits all the right notes! A definite must-watch in theaters (though not in 3D obviously), and one that will be added to our Blu-ray/DVD collection upon its release.
Final Rating: 5/5
It bears repeating: See Despicable Me 2. It’s worth every [non-3D price] penny!
But don’t just take my word for it! If you’re looking for a 2nd opinion (or 3rd…or 4th, etc) take a look at these reviews:
1) Mark Hobin of Fast Film Reviews (Despicable Me 2 Review) – (Quoted from Mark via Facebook) “Despicable Me 2 never ceases to be anything less than a snappy joy. It is gag filled fun fest steeped in the manic lunacy of animator Tex Avery’s MGM cartoons of the 40s and 50s.”
2) Movie Boozer’s Review of Despicable Me 2
3) Nuclear Winter Entertainment’s Review of Despicable Me 2
4) HCMovieReviews’ Review of Despicable Me 2
5) Mark Saldana of True View Reviews (Despicable Me 2 Review)
6) Amy L. (via Outlaw Movie Reviewers group on Facebook) – “I thought it was great!! Very entertaining, adult friendly.”
7) The Movi3 Lounge (via Twitter – @movi3lounge) – “Can’t get enough of the minions and a little salsa? Despicable Me 2 is a treat 4 u!”