Despicable Me 2 (2013)
86th Academy Awards 2013
Nominated for 2 awards.
Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film (Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin, Chris Meledandri) and Best Original Song (“Happy” by Pharrell Williams).
Watched March 7, 2014.
I liked Despicable Me 2 quite a lot. It has been a while since I have seen the first film, and as such I possibly had a more positive reaction than true lovers of the original and its main character Gru, but I felt completely satisfied by the end of the animated feature.
Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is a retired villain who is now embracing the home life–raising his three adopted girls and throwing the perfect birthday party. He has his famous lair full of minions working on a new line of jams and jellies that no one, not even Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) can deny are disgusting. As a result, it is hard for Gru to turn down the Anti-Villain League when they come to him in need of some assistance.
A research facility in the north was stolen–completely disappeared. They have determined that a shop owner at the local mall is likely the culprit, which means that Gru and his new partner Lucy (Kristen Wiig) must go under cover.
For lovers of the original, they may be dissatisfied with Gru and his character arc. His story is wrapped up very nicely in the first film and there is little left to develop in him. It is true that he is pretty one note. His one conundrum is dating, which is humorous but hardly comparative to the life altering changes he encountered previously. He has funny lines and quirks, but the red headed Lucy tends to upstage him constantly.
Despite this huge flaw, the rest of the story is pretty solid. My favorite aspects of these films has always been the Minions, second only to Agnes, the precious, big eyed little girl who will tug at your heart strings. The Minions are hilarious, charismatic, and blessedly stupid. For those who have seen the film, “BAH!” has become my new favorite exclamation, but for everyone else I cannot explain because it would be a huge spoiler!
If you are having any doubts as to if you should see this film, let me assure you that the final scene itself is worth the entire film. Hint: 90s music sang entirely by Minions. J’adore. If you like animated films, particularly what usually comes out of Universal and Illumination, you will likely love this film as well.