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Despicable Me 2: Get ready for more minion madness! This hilarious animated adventure sees the return of Gru (Steve Carell) who is retiring from the life of a super villain. However he is unwillingly recruited by the Anti-Villain league to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. Supported by the girls, the hilarious minions … and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.
Bonus Features: Gru's Girls Gadgets Galore Feature Commentary with directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin
I totally agree with the other five star reviews here, this film is just so entertaining for kids and adults alike. Watched it over Christmas with the family (and several times since then), and as an in-law said, you could put this on repeat play and the family would just sit there and watch it over and over again. It's a film that just makes you laugh and feel so good. Is there any better sort?
The plot in short is that Gru gets recruited, somewhat reluctantly, into working with the Anti Villain League to help with a series of unsolved crimes. Along the way we are introduced to several new characters, notably El Macho, a mad 'guard chicken' and Lucy Wilde, the AVL agent assigned to work with Gru. I really like the way that Gru's and the three girls' characters have been developed since the last movie (Margo has her first crush!) and clearly much thought has been given with this. It certainly works.
For once, a sequel that is even better than the original, and bravo to the guys at Illumination Entertainment who have proved beyond doubt that they are not simply cynically exploiting the success of the earlier film. Roll on Despicable Me 3!
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I loved this movie and both my daughters loved it even more. It is AS GOOD as the first part, therefore this review follows the main lines of my review of the first "Despicable me". This review contains very limited SPOILERS.
1. Hilarity - Exactly as the first film, this sequel is HILARIOUS! There is hardly any 15 seconds in this movie that would not contain a really good gag, children or/and adult oriented. Whoever wrote the scenario was a genius!
2. Despicability - in this film Gru is a little bit different from what he was in the first part. He is no more so grumpy, mean, petty and permanently aggravated - he certainly smiles more and all his attitude softened. He remains however exactly as insecure as in the first film. That being said, there are moments in this film when the old Gru resurfaces, when his heart is broken or when somebody REALLY upsets him. His geriatric sidekick and only friend (well, kind of) doctor Nefario didn't take all this change easily and he has some trouble to adapt his evil laboratory to new tasks of producing jam and jelly... Gru's murderous (and toxic) dog/rat/wolverine/skunk like pet on another hand felt completely under the spell of the girls - but still gives a great show! The two "bad guys" are also excellent - which is a real achievement, considering that one of them belongs to species usually not associated with evil villainy...)))
3. Girl power - as in the previous film, I believe that any parent of little girls will fall immediately in love with Margo, Edith and Agnes, the three little orphaned sisters Gru adopted in the first part. Those seemingly defenseless creatures took him since under the sweet and soft but in the same time surprisingly totalitarian control little girls exercise over their fathers, adoptive or not...Read more ›
My 2 year old is currently wanting to watch this film at least 3 times a week so it's a big hit in our house. We all love watching it together and can each appreciate something different in the film. My 6 year old just loves the minions and that they do silly things, my dad enjoys the humour of the film and my husband and I enjoy the story. We highly recommend as a family film.
I had no desire to see the original Despicable Me, however some friends talked me into watching it with them, and I fell in love. Now I’ve gotten to see Despicable Me 2, and I enjoyed it as well, although it wasn’t quite as good.
Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell) has given up his evil villain ways and settled into life as a single dad to Margo, Edith, and Agnes (Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, and Elsie Fisher). He’s trying to create a line of jellies and jams and gives fairy princess birthday parties. The worst problem he has is dodging his neighbor’s attempts to set him up with her friends.
All that changes when Lucy (Kristen Wiig) walks into his life. She’s from the AVL (that's the Anti-Villain League) and she needs his help. An entire research lab has been stolen from the North Pole, and it included a very dangerous transformation serum. Can Gru help her get it back?
Those looking to laugh will certainly be rewarded here. This is a comedy that kids and parents will both laugh at. When I watched it, it was with two adult friends, and we were all laughing very hard at the story and lines. Yet their young kids enjoy it, too.
The plot is fairly predictable. I didn’t get all the twists along the way, but I saw several of them coming early. That didn’t dampen my enjoyment since the laughs kept coming.
However, one thing I loved about the first movie was the charm the three girls introduced to things and how that interplay affected Gru. That wasn’t here this time; in fact, the girls are more supporting players than main characters. While Gru and Lucy share some great scenes, it wasn’t quite the same.