Alrighty then, time to review another animated film that I’ve been looking forward to and this one comes in the shape of Despicable Me 2. Initially I was never interested in Despicable Me, but after watching it a few months ago I converted to being a fan, the first film was a lot of fun and trailers lead up to this sequel seemed promising enough as well. Now I watched Epic and was pretty let down by that film, so I’m hoping that this film will be more entertaining yo. So I went to see it today and you know what it was pretty damn awesome and I’m gonna tell you why in this review.
So the story in this film involves Gru, as he is now out of the villain business and is experiencing life as a father to Margo, Edith and Agnes. However Gru’s life is changed when he and his minions are recruited into an Anti-Villain League to take out an evil supervillain who causing havoc elsewhere. So Gru along with his new partner, Lucy must get to the bottom of this plot before things get out of hand.
I thought the plot in this film was great, I like how this film continues the great material that it gave us in the last film but presents some new and interesting elements that keep it fresh and interesting. it was wonderful to see Gru transition from his former villain role to his life now where is going through the ups and downs of being a father. This film is very much for the kids and doesn’t quite have the universal appeal that you’d find in a Pixar or to some degree a Dreamworks film, nevertheless this is a still fun little tale that has more pros than cons.
When it comes to the characters all of the cast old and new turn in some lovely performances. Steve Carell is still great as Gru, offering great moments of humour, strangeness, sarcasm and also emotion too. Miranda Cosgrove also makes a lovely return as Margo, in this film there’s a few new things going on in her world and I like how her character was handled. Dana Gaier is still fine as Edith still being a tomboy and all that jazz. But my favourite is still Elsie Fisher as Agnes, her character is one of the most adorable kids in any film ever and that continues in this film, Gaier does a great job in making this character so likable through her voice.
Kristen Wiig was nice as Lucy Wilde, while a bit over-the-top and weird at times I did like her as an addition to this film series. She was a great partner/love interest for Gru and the two had some nice chemistry together. Also Benjamin Bratt was jokes as Eduardo Perez/El Macho, such a strange yet hilarious character with loads of charisma and stand-out moments. Russell Brand also does a good job again as Dr. Nefario, I wasn’t expecting his storyline to unfold in the way that it did but he was still good in the film and Russell Brand continues to sound nothing like himself in this role which is still surprising to me. Ken Jeong as Floyd Eagle-san, is great, his role is small but definitely worth of a few laughs. Steve Coogan as Silas Ramsbottom, he was good but not nearly as utilized as much as I’d hoped. Moisés Arias as Antonio Perez, is pretty jokes, while Nasim Pedrad as Jillian is this crazy chatterbox full of funny moments in the film and lastly Kristen Schaal as Shannon was great, she reminded me so much of her character Hazel Wassername in 30 Rock it was unreal.
As for the presentation it was firing on all cylinders Visually the film was fabulous, the last film already looked great, but I think I noticed a lot more shininess, detail and a very vivid colour scheme in the art and animation. I love the way this film looks. And the soundtrack is also wonderful, Pharrell Williams and Heitor Pereira return o craft the music for this film. Pharrell is still doing his thing bringing in some of the songs from the previous film while introducing new ones with “Happy” being my personal favourite, and Pereira’s score for the film is still is good as ever having the right tone and emotion for each moment in the film. And I also have to mention that I loved some of the film’s choices of songs from real life that they inserted into this film, some it was perfect.
In conclusion Despicable Me 2 is a great follow-up to the previous film, it’s basically more of the same material except with new scenarios and obstacles that need to be tackled. I didn’t expect to like the film as much as I did but by the end I was just in a very happy place and I knew that this was gonna have to be one of my favourite films of the year. Before watching the film I saw that this film was being received pretty well and I can see why so many people loved it, this film is just pure fun and I recommend it highly.
Rating: 8.5/10 (A great fun film full of humour and great animation)
So what did you think of Despicable Me 2? Are you fan of the films or are you not swayed by its charms? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀