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Despicable Me 2 Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films to look out for in 2013 Part 3

Hi people of the interweb, its been a while since the last time I did this. But anyway welcome to the third and part of Films to look out for in 2013! If you haven’t read the previous parts check them out here and here. Today’s set of films will be taking place from summer right up into Christmas, so let’s get started!

Despicable Me 2

Release Date: July 9 (US), October 15 (UK)

If the first teaser trailer didn’t get you in the mood for Despicable Me 2 then this one has to, it’s great. As bad as this may sound to some people, I only got around to watching Despicable Me a few weeks ago. I initially was never interested in the film because I guess it just rubbed me the wrong way when I saw the trailers for it. But surprisingly I actually liked the film. The story was nice, those Minions were hilarious and the soundtrack by Pharrell Williams was great. So now with that knowledge in mind I am curious to see what happens in this sequel, what’s going on with Gru and the girls? What kind of other villains will be lurking around? Will Vector return from the moon? Will Mr. Perkins try to get back at Gru? So many questions need answering. I guess we’ll see later on in the year!

Pacific Rim

Release Date: July 12 (US & UK)

Before seeing the trailer for this film I wasn’t too bothered about the film, the only thing that held my interest was the fact that Guillermo del Toro wa directing it. Luckily the trailer that came out last month and confirmed that this film would be one to look out for. Here we have a world where people pilot giant robots and battle giant monsters who come from the ocean. The concept alone sounds awesome and the trailer makes it look even cooler. YouTube reviewer Jeremy Jahns described the film as a cross between Power Rangers, Real Steel and Godzilla and to be honest that’s a pretty accurate description. Now obviously monster movies can either be good or bad but since del Toro is behind this one it has to be at least worth a look right?

The Wolverine

Release Date: July 26 (US & UK)

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Ah yeah time for some more Wolverine! Now while the last Wolverine film disappointed me beyond belief I find myself once again getting hyped up for another one. This time the filmmakers are adapting a classic storyline from from the 1982 limited series Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, here the title character travels to Japan, encounters people from his past and gets to duke it out with the Silver Samurai! All of this sounds automatically way better than the previous film. The film seems much more character-driven and story-based along with more action too. Naturally I have reservations and I’m trying to keep my excitement levels in check, but Hugh Jackman and James Mangold are continuously making this film sound epic, so here’s hoping Marvel and 20th Century Fox don’t let us fans down again.

300: Rise of an Empire

Release Date: August 2 (US & UK)

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Now while I used to think 300 was badass when I was 17, over the years I grew up and the film really didn’t hold up very well for me. So now we have 300: Rise of an Empire, a prequel film with loads of action and new stories to tell. I don’t really know much about this new film and honestly I don’t think it’s entirely necessary, 300 was good on its own. But hell we’ll see what happens with this prequel when August comes around.

Elysium

Release Date: August 9 (US), September 20 (UK)

Elysium is another one of those films that I’ve heard about but don’t really know what it’s about. the only info I have on this film is that it’s the next big film from District 9 director Neil Blomkamp and it stars Matt Damon. Those two reasons alone make me want to watch this film, I loved District 9 and I love Matt Damon so it’s a win-win situation for me. The plot basically states: “Set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.” Sounds pretty interesting, can’t wait to see how this turns out.

Riddick

Release Date: September 6

Oh yeah finally the return of Riddick! Vin Diesel finally returns to one of his most famous roles in Riddick, the third film in this film series. The plot sounds pretty cool too: “Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past.” It seems like the filmmakers are going back to basics by making this film more in line with Pitch Black and giving it an R rating too. He’s hoping there’s still some interesting tales to be told in the life and times of Riddick.

The Tomb

Release Date: September 27 (US & UK)

I remember when the first image for The Tomb was first really, and there was all this buzz about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone being in the same film together (outside of The Expendables). I knew from that one image that this film would be something for me to check out. The film will follow Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), a structural engineer who is wrongly convicted of a crime, and is incarcerated in a prison of his own design, aided in his escape by his cellmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Any film with Sly and Arnie in it is worth my time, I just hope it has enough action to meet my requirements.

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Release Date: October 4 (US)

Alrighty then here we have Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, the sequel to the massively successful 2005 comic book film Sin City. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller return to co-direct the long-awaited sequel. This is the film with the ever-expanding cast, I swear the number of people in this film just keep increasing! The cast includes Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Alexa Vega, Jaime King, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert. And then add Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple and Julia Garner… Jesus Christ! Too many damn people! With all these people it makes me wonder if this film with finish production on time, I guess we’ll see later on this year.

The World’s End

Release Date: August 14 (UK), October 25 (US)

Alright a new film from Edgar Wright, any film by him is a mandatory watch. I’ve been looking forward to The World’s End for a while. This is the final film in the “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” along with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.The film stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Oliver
Eddie Marsan as a group of friends who reunite after twenty years to reattempt an “epic” pub crawl from their youth.

Ender’s Game

Release Date: October 25 (UK), November 1 (US)

I’ve heard a lot about Ender’s Game and the main reason I’m watching it is because of Harrison Ford. As far as I’m aware he hasn’t been in agood serious film for a while now so here’s hoping that he gets a chance to shine in tis film. Based on the best-selling, award-winning novel of the same name the film will star Asa Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future alien invasion, along Ford, the film also includes Ben Kingsley, Aramis Knight, Hailee Steinfeld, Jimmy Pinchak, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.

Thor: The Dark World

Release Date: October 30 (UK), November 8 (US)

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Like with Iron Man 3, I don’t think I have to tell you how hyped I am for Thor: The Dark World. I am beyond hyped! I loved Thor back in 2011 and I have been impatiently waiting for the sequel for a while now. It seems like in the sequel Thor and company will have a much bigger battle on their hands that involved all of the Nine Realms as he takes on Malekith and the Dark Elves and also tries to continue his relationship with Jane Foster. I can’t wait to see what Alan Taylor brings to the film as the new director, I seriously want to be blown away by this film. With all of the actors, practical sets and much larger scale story I think Thor: the Dark World is set to be a really great sequel.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Release Date: November 22 (UK & US)

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I enjoyed the The Hunger Games for what it was, Jennifer Lawrence was wonderful as the lead character and I liked the story and action involved. Loads of people complain about the way in which the book was adapted to film and there was controversy about the violence and race of specific characters. But it was all just blown out of proportion. All I know is that the film was good and I’m interested to see what happens in Catching Fire. In the sequel Katniss and Peeta’s victory is cut short as the Quarter Quell puts them back into the Hunger Games for the second time.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Release Date: December 13 (US & UK)

Yes, this what I’m talking about, The Hobbit Part 2! I really enjoyed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and it looks like in December this year we get to continue the fun in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. In this film Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continues his journey with Gandalf the Wizard (Ian McKellen) and the thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor and take on Smaug the dragon.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues

Release Date: December 20

While not much is known about Anchorman 2, all I know is that the first film was awesome and they better not fuck things up with this sequel. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was a great comedy film, one of the best I’d seen in years, there was no need for a sequel. But hell it’s happening anyway. The cast have all returned and the one minute trailer seemed alright so here’s hoping this new film is worth the wait.

Last Vegas

Release Date: December 20 (US & UK)

This last film I’d never heard of until I saw it on a film guide on another website and since I liked the cast members involved I thought it’d be worth a watch. Last Vegas features Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single.

Well that’s it, that’s all of my picks of the films you should be looking out for in 2013. My god just trying to put this list together over the last two blog posts has just been so long you don’t even know! But anyway hopefully you enjoyed my picks and tell me yours in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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