Se­quel may be de­spi­ca­ble, but it’s ir­re­sistibly nutty

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adopt­ing Margo (Mi­randa Cos­grove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and lit­tle Agnes (Elsie Fisher), even swop­ping his more ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties for a start-up jelly-and­jam-mak­ing op­er­a­tion. But he soon finds him­self in a stick­ier sit­u­a­tion when he’s sent by the top-se­cret Anti-Vil­lain League to track down the per­pe­tra­tor of a fresh heist in­volv­ing a gi­nor­mous elec­tro­mag­net.

Set­ting up an un­der­cover op­er­a­tion in a mall cup­cake shop, Gru is re­united with An­tiVil­lain League re­cruit Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig, for­merly the pro­pri­etor of Miss Hat­tie’s Home for Girls), with his sus­pi­cions set on the gre­gar­i­ous owner of a Mex­i­can restau­rant (a ter­rific Ben­jamin Bratt), who bears a nag­ging re­sem­blance to El Ma­cho, a no­to­ri­ous vil­lain be­lieved to have died while rid­ing a shark into a vol­cano with 100kg of TNT strapped to his chest.

It’s those sort of de­tails that lend the De­spi­ca­ble Me fran­chise an ir­re­sistible Looney Tunesstyle nut­ti­ness.

Di­rec­tors Pierre Cof­fin and Chris Re­naud and the writ­ing team of Ken Dau­rio and Cinco Paul main­tain the en­ergy at a brisk, buoy­ant clip, while Carell and the rest of cast add an ex­tra layer of di­men­sion to those ex­pres­sively drawn char­ac­ters.

Also amus­ingly re­turn­ing to the fold is Rus­sell Brand as rick­ety res­i­dent mad sci­en­tist Dr Ne­fario, Steve Coogan as Anti-Vil­lain League head hon­cho Si­las Rams­bot­tom and Ken Jeong as Floyd Ea­gle-san, now the owner of a wig store.

Re­mem­ber to stay to the end cred­its so you don’t miss out on an­other en­ter­tain­ing 3D demon­stra­tion led by a hand­ful of those wacky min­ions. – The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter

De­spi­ca­ble Me 2

FAM­ILY MO­MENT: finds crim­i­nal mas­ter­mind Gru em­brac­ing do­mes­tic life af­ter adopt­ing Margo, Edith and lit­tle Agnes.

PIC­TURE: AP

VOICES: Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig do the voices for the leads.

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