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Despicable Me 2 Review

 
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At A Glance...
 

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Length: 1hr 38m
 
Release Date: 3rd July 2013
 
Studio: Illumination Entertainment
 
Story Line: Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.
 
Producer: Janet Healy & Christopher Meledandri
 
Composer: Heitor Pereira & Pharrell Williams
 
Final Score
 
 
 
 
 
4/ 5


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We liked?


  • Colourful, bold and beautiful looking movie
  • The Minions are comedy gold
  • Well paced and maturely constructed movie
  • Good family entertainment

Not so much?


  • Plot was a little complacent and predictable - even for a kids movie
  • Screen a little too busy at times


Final Fiendish Findings?

With Despicable Me 2 Universal and Illumination have cemented their reputation as providers of quality animated entertainment. Pushing them into direct competition with Pixar and Blue Sky Studios.
Grab the kids (or go on your own for crying out loud!) and go enjoy a kids movie that’s going to entertain and amuse you – heaven knows you’ve sat through enough dross for them so this one’s for you!

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Posted June 25, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings?
 
 

Despicable Me 2 takes us back to the wonderful world of Gru, the once megalomaniacal evil genius from the first Despicable Me movie. We join him pretty much as we left him after he tried to steal the moon at the end of the last movie.

Gru now makes his way in the world trying to use his evil intellect to create the perfect line of Jams and Jelly…. no really. He’s finding the day to day trials of parenthood of his three adopted daughters to be cramping his style. He longs for the days when he could play with gadgets and have adventures.

His prayers are answered when he receives a none too subtle invitation to join the AVL (Anti-Villain League). Tempted by the prospect of being a super-spy Gru is back in the game as he tries to track down the thief of a new toxin that turns things into maniacal killing machines…. that also happen to be blue.

Steve Carell brings the voice to Gru once again, and once again he plays it just right. Ably assisted by Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Geir and Elsie Kate Fisher as his daughters. A star turn from Kristen Wiig as AVL agent Lucy Wilde rounds out the casting nicely and adds an obvious but fun love angle for Gru.

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With Despicable Me 2 the team over at Illumination Entertainment just build once more on their growing impressive track record. Previous titles such as the original Despicable Me and the wonderfully charming The Lorax have all secured the studio as a real rival for long time genre masters Pixar.

The bold colours and stick thin limbs are all a trademark looks of the company and they still look impressive and clean on the screen. Some scenes are a little busy and overly active and you get the occasional feeling a paint delivery truck spilled its load on parts of the screen but overall it looks impressive with wonderful animation. Certainly the look was a hit with the younger members of my reviewing team.

Story wise the film is predictable and ever so light on real plot – feeling a little more like an after-school special of your favourite TV show at times. That said the comedy value was high. Not to say it was laugh out loud funny or that all the jokes hit their mark. I’d characterise it more as an amusing movie with some laugh out loud moments than a laugh-riot. As ever the Minions are priceless entertainment offering great comic relief in all it’s forms – this is probably why they’re getting their own movie next year!

One of the biggest strengths is the film’s ability to inject comic timing into the mix. Too many movies will be paced as a series of animated sequences that will just steamroller through from one punchline to the next. Despicable Me 2 (much like the first movie) has been paced to allow time for the audience to react to a comedic moment – it makes the difference and shows a maturity to the way directors are approaching animated movies. Pixar have done it for years but so many have been slow to catch on to this.

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Final Thoughts

Despicable Me 2 was a great film. A solid 1:38 of entertainment. Was it predictable? Yes. Was it a little strained in places? Probably. Was it funny? More amusing that comedic gold. Did everyone in the place enjoy it? You betcha they did!   It may lack some of the spark that infused the original movie but it comes darn close to it and extends this silly universe to such a wonderful place.

With Despicable Me 2 Universal and Illumination have cemented their reputation as providers of quality animated entertainment. Pushing them into direct competition with Pixar and Blue Sky Studios.

Grab the kids (or go on your own for crying out loud!) and go enjoy a kids movie that’s going to entertain and amuse you – heaven knows you’ve sat through enough dross for them so this one’s for you!


Zeth

 
Zeth is our EU ninja and Editor in Chief. He's been writing about video games since 2008 when he started on BrutalGamer. He's pretty old and has been a gamer since he played Space Invaders as a young boy in the 80's. His genre tastes lean towards platformers, point-and-click adventure, action-adventure and shooters but he'll turn his hand to anything.