Monday, July 8 2013, 02:30 PM MDT
Movie Review: Despicable Me 2
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Directors: Pierre Coffin, Rhris Renaud
Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt
Genre: Animated, Comedy
Recommended To: Those that enjoyed the first film and can’t get enough of Gru’s minions.
Synopsis: Having forsaken his evil past Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to save the world from a new criminal mastermind.
Review: Watching criminal mastermind Gru succumb to the charm of the three-orphaned girls made for fantastic entertainment in Despicable Me. Watching Gru fight evil and fall in love with a fellow do-gooder isn’t nearly as enchanting. Despicable Me 2 is a decent sequel; it just lacks the originality of the first film. It relies too heavily on the goofy antics of Gru’s minions for laughs (the two music videos at the end are funny, they just don’t have anything to do with the film itself) and lacks the heart and cuteness of the first movie (the opening party sequence being the only exception). Despicable Me 2 doesn’t disappoint; it just doesn’t set itself apart.
-Ryan Michael Painter