Film Review: Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2 is entertaining family fun. It lacks the momentum and some of the charm of the original, but should still satisfy its target audience.

Gru has settled down into the role of father to Margo, Edith and Agnes. When the Anti-Villain League ask for his help to track down a powerful criminal, Gru is reluctant to juggle a top secret spy mission with bringing up his three girls…

Three years after the success of Despicable Me comes its sequel. The narrative of Despicable Me 2 trends the expected path. There are a number of strands at play which means that the film has a little of everything. The relationship between Gru and the three girls is the strongest aspect of the film, much like the original. Despicable Me 2 depicts the progression of this relationship as the girls grow older.

The story of Gru and his hunt for the villain is secondary to his family relationship. The strand lacks the momentum and mystery that would have given the film a spark. The love story element in Despicable Me 2 is well crafted. These scenes make Gru a more multi-faceted character.

Ultimately, Despicable Me 2 is not as charming as the original film. This is because it lacks the freshness of the first film’s storyline. However, it is nice to see what happens to the characters after the first movie.

The Minions are wisely moved towards the centre of the stage in this instalment. These characters are a lot of fun, and are responsible for much of the film’s humour. Despicable Me 2 is amusing throughout, even if some of the laughs are slight. Steve Carell is joined by the capable Kristen Wiig, who voices newcomer Lucy.

Despicable Me 2 fails to match its predecessor, but is still an entertaining animated adventure.