Gru’s back. The former super villain with an army of cute minions returns in Despicable Me 2. He’s still on the straight and narrow and still taking care of the three young girls who changed his life. But now he has been recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new Super Criminal who’s identify is unknown.
It was an interesting idea in the first movie with Gru going through a journey of redemption after finding three adorable orphan girls who filled the hole in his heart. It allowed the movie to have it’s cake and eat it. Gru starts as the villain, with all the enjoyable nasty fun that allows, and slowly changed as he learned from the three tiny teachers until he finally transitions into a hero, and adoptive father, at the films conclusion.
So where can the second movie go? Thankfully it doesn’t try to retread any old ground. Gru never slips back into bad guy mode only to be redeemed. Instead it’s a more straight forward tale of Good vs Evil with some undercover comedy and a search for Love thrown in. But let’s be honest you’re not going to go and see this movie because of the plot. No you’ll be going because of the minions. And quite right too!
The film has been wise enough to increase the role of the Minions this time and they provide more than their fair share of the laughs. But Steve Carell’s Gru is still a lot of fun. Carell can really play the uncomfortable social outcast with a heart of gold. The new characters are OK; Kristen Wiig’s Anti-Villain League Agent Lucy Wilde is probably the best of the newcomers. The main disappointment is Russell Brand who gets very little to do and feels like a wasted talent.
If you have children then this film should be a no brainer to fill up some time over the summer holidays. This movie knows its audience and caters to it, as the humor is mostly kid friendly slapstick and fart jokes. Otherwise if you enjoyed the first one then there are enough laughs here to make it worthwhile. And at 90 minutes it doesn’t outstay its welcome.