I never thought it would come to this, but they are pulling out all of
the stops to get you to buy a ticket to Despicable
Me 2. Yes, we are exposed to
even more minion booty!
Steve Carell is back as Gru – the former nefarious villain
who tried to steal the moon, but turned into a softy, loving Dad after
adopting the three girls. Now, Gru finds himself on the side of the
good guys when an unknown bad guy steals a top secret formula that
turns cuddly, sweet animals into monsters! Gru has been recruited by
the Anti-Villain League to help find this evil mastermind and stop his
dastardly plan before it is too late.
Can Gru find the villain?
Make no mistake about it. Despicable
Me 2 is all about the minions!
While the plot is driven by that search for the bad guy, the movie is
driven by all of the side characters and adventures they have, which
are so much more funny, even though Al Pacino jumped ship and had to be
replaced by … Benjamin Bratt (I like Benjamin, and he was
very cool when I interviewed him a few years ago, but he’s no
Al Pacino. Even he would have to admit that).
First, little Agnes is back, and, as voiced by Elsie Fisher, proves to
be the cutest little girl in movies. While she doesn’t have
that one signature moment in this film like, “It’s
so fluffy,” she makes the most out of every moment as the
little girl who loves her new Daddy, roots for him to find someone to
love, and experiences undeniable anticipation when she thinks a new
Mommy might be in the future.
Second, and most of all, Despicable
Me 2 is all about the minions! I
am willing to say that a third time. Despicable
Me 2 is ALL ABOUT THE MINIONS!
They have such infectious joy and, like you and me, laugh at the most
humor like naughty school children in on the joke. You can’t
help but laugh at their crazy behavior whether it is the misadventures
in making jam to the chase scene of the summer movie season.
I just wish writers Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul didn’t feel the
need to go for the obvious and the disgusting. Do we really need fart
guns? I know little kids will giggle at that, but it goes to show how
no one involved in this movie is all that committed to doing something
amazing. Sure, we get some funny movie homages throughout, but
Despicable Me 2 falls into familiar territory a bit too often with Gru
struggling to deal with Margo’s (Mirando Cosgrove) crush on
the boy next door, the obvious love story between Gru and Lucy (Kristin
Wiig) and the pursuit of the secret villain (who isn’t really
all that secret).
2 is a movie playing it safe,
giving you and the kids what you all want, so it will clean up this
Independence Day weekend.
Me 2 is rated PG for rude humor and mild action.