Sweet sto­ry­line and oo­dles of charm

Is far from con­temptible, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

F you were a fan of Steve Carell’s wacky an­i­mated film De­spi­ca­ble Me you will love its se­quel, which takes ev­ery­thing that was charm­ing about the first film and flings it at you in spades.

Yes, there are more gib­ber­ish-speak­ing min­ions caus­ing glee­ful chaos, more of Carell’s heav­ily­ac­cented mega-vil­lain Gru, and more of the three lit­tle girls he adopted. But the film nicely builds on what we al­ready know, delv­ing again into Gru’s back­ground to re­veal a hu­mil­i­at­ing se­cret that ex­plains a lot about his fears to­day.

Nat­u­rally pick­ing up where the story left off, Gru has thrown him­self into full-time daddy patrol in­stead of crim­i­nal mas­ter­mind­ing. That means princess birth­day par­ties and get­ting the min­ions to make jams in­stead of steal­ing the moon.

The ‘‘cute fac­tor’’ is in over­drive, par­tic­u­larly any parts with the min­ions or Gru’s youngest daugh­ter Agnes (voiced by Elsie Fisher), who’s real­is­ing there’s still some­thing miss­ing from their quirky fam­ily. Kids will love the zany hu­mour and for adults, it’s that kind of en­ter­tain­ment where you laugh a lot, but can’t re­mem­ber a huge amount a week later.

It’s also got the added bonus of fea­tur­ing Kristen Wiig in a star­ring role (she played the small part of Miss Hat­tie in the first). Wiig’s leggy char­ac­ter, Lucy, is an agent at the Anti-Vil­lain League, who pulls Gru out of re­tire­ment to hunt down a new bad­die in a kind of a ‘fight fire with fire’ tac­tic.

Lucy and Gru’s work­ing re­la­tion­ship is highly en­ter­tain­ing and don’t be sur­prised if you walk out want­ing to mimic her sig­na­ture catch­phrase, ‘‘lip­stick taser!’’.

Par­ents out there are likely to em­pathise with Gru, as he strug­gles with the idea that his el­dest daugh­ter, Margo (Mi­randa Cos­grove) is catch­ing the eye of a Harry Styles-haired boy.

But while Gru’s got his hands full with a new job and the girls, he isn’t notic­ing un­usual dis­ap­pear­ances and dan­ger at home.

The new bad­dies are ex­u­ber­ant and fun, how­ever Gru’s mad sci­en­tist friend Dr Ne­fario (voiced by Rus­sell Brand) gets dealt a pretty lame story arc. You get the feel­ing they just didn’t have the time to spend on him.

Much like the first film, De­spi­ca­ble Me 2 com­bines ran­dom hu­mour and laughs with a sweet sto­ry­line for a win­ning re­sult.

De­spi­ca­ble Me 2 opens to­day.

De­spi­ca­ble Me 2.

Steve Carell re­turns to voice Gru in

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