Sweet storyline and oodles of charm
Is far from contemptible, writes
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.
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