Cert: U Runtime: 98 mins Director: Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt, Steve Coogan and Russell Brand
It’s really smooth. Sometimes I stare at it, I imagine a little chick popping out
I must admit I try to stay away from kids animated films. Back in 2010 went to rent some easy going films, picked up Despicable Me and the rest is history. Possibly one of my favourite animated movies ever, literately I love it just because of the minions. With the impending release of Despicable Me 2 in theatres this weekend, I thought I could bring you my thoughts. Their were advanced screenings over the weekend so was lucky enough to catch it. So where are we with Gru? Last time we met shiny-domed, pointy-nosed, spindly-legged megalomaniac Gru (Steve Carell), he was tamed by a trio of adorable orphan girls. But Gru’s life of happy domesticity as an adoptive father isn’t going to last. He’s abducted by Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) of the Anti-Villain League and whisked to the organisation’s HQ in her cool underwater car. Here the League’s supremo, Silas Ramsbottom (Steve Coogan), explains that Gru’s detailed knowledge of the evil mind is needed to help defeat a sinister new supervillain named Eduardo (Benjamin Bratt).
It’s not often that a hit animated film’s sequel surpasses the original film. Despicable Me 2 is one of those rare cases. From the moment it appears on the screen to the end of the film.This film has you laughing quite often, contains humour that both kids and adults can appreciate, and had at least one moment that was worthy of clapping out loud to.It is a fast paced, funny, feel good film that keeps you entertained from the 1st minute to the last. The pace of the film moves along nicely and keeps the audience attention very well. The Minions are just as hilarious as they were the first time around. You’ll be laughing at everything they do in this film, and I mean EVERYTHING! I was crying with laughter by the end, they sing 2 famous songs it was just hilarious. Steve Carell and co do a top notch yet again, with a new addition in Kristen Wiig it brings good chemistry to the film.
The only problem with this animated film is that the storyline was incredibly weak, yes all those things listed were cute but the first movies greatness came off the back of a great storyline. The storyline in this movie was so thin that I found myself having spells of 10 minutes or so throughout the film where I was completely disengaged. Lets also not forget how great the soundtrack was for the first movie and there was no real attempt to better or even match that, in fact they used much of the same soundtrack from Pharrell Williams. Sure there were occasional nice moments throughout because the characters are great but I’m disappointed that they didn’t continue the franchise with a equally strong storyline. But in the end, Despicable Me 2 is still a great fun ride for all ages, and will provide endless laughs for all to enjoy.