Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Despicable Me 2 (2013) Review:

I'm not sure if anyone saw the first Despicable Me (2010) being the success that many people remember it as today. It certainly had a lot going for it considering its clever plot, funny characters and unique slapstick. And once the box office reports were in, it was obvious that a sequel would be on its way at some point - although I'm not certain if people thought it would arrive three years later. But it's important to understand that for the past three years, the producers must have put in a lot of work to make sure this next chapter in Gru's life was just as entertaining as the first and it did just that.

Gru & Lucy
This time, fans find Gru as a new man, making jam and jelly products with his goofy minions and three adopted children. Little does he realize that another evil villain is planning to take over the world. So in order to stop this from happening, Gru is given an offer from the Anti-Villain League (AVL) to stop this new threat. And as the plot continues, he begins to learn even more things about himself he didn't think he would overcome. Along with that are some new characters like El Macho (voiced by Benjamin Bratt) and Lucy (Kristen Wiig), and agent of AVL who partners up with Gru. Oh and let's not forget the new purple minion - what personality, ha!

The minions still being themselves
What's great about this sequel is that it feels like nothing was changed at all; which is great. The continuity is clung onto tightly like the first film, the characters all still have their respective voices, the tone is still the same as well as the musical score. Even though it's been three years, it honestly feels like the first one ended literally a year before. That's how close these two match each other and that proves that the time was worth the wait. There isn't much else to say other than if you enjoyed the first one, watching this will be just as enjoyable.

The sequel to the 2010 hit replicates the formula so well that it may feel more like an extension of the day after the events of the first movie. Either way, it still is just as fun.

Points Earned --> 9:10

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