Monday, July 15, 2013

Movie Review: Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2
directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
starring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove and more

I loved this movie!

I loved the first Despicable Me and upon seeing the trailers for this sequel, I knew it would be funny and awesome, too.

Spoilers!

In this movie, Gru (Steve Carell), once evil criminal mastermind, is joining the Anti-Villain League because of his genius in order to find out what other villain has stolen CHEMICAL X.... uh-hum... I mean, chemical PX-41. Gru, also, finds love, as Agnes desperately wishes she had a mother.

It's great how straight away they establish the caring and loving family dynamic once again. Gru is trying to build a jelly business and possibly venture into jams. It's Agnes' birthday. I love that little girl and the enthusiasm she has for life. There's so much joy in all her facial expressions. Gru puts it best when he kisses her good night after the party and tells her to never grow up. The minions are fantastically silly. Something mysterious happens as almost all of the minions get abducted. This is done by the same person who has stolen the chemical.

This chemical is extremely dangerous. It turns anyone who comes in contact with it into giant, purple, hairy, chomping monsters. Gru gets a partner, Lucy Wilde played by Kristen Wiig,  as no one at the AVL really trusts him because of his past. Gru has a feeling pretty early on about who can be behind all the thievery. It's a man once presumed dead. El Macho. He's the most macho guy there could be, who drinks snake venom, eats glass, and can turn an armored car over with his bare hands. He's intense.

He's now older and fatter but Gru still has to stop him. El Macho had transformed all of the minions into his own purple army. Gru has to stop Margo from dating El Macho's son and he has to proclaim his own love for Lucy, who isn't fake and doesn't burst out and do push-ups in the middle of their date.

From start to finish, this movie was fun and entertaining. The writing is so good. It's heartwarming, but it doesn't take itself too seriously with all the fart jokes that go on. That twenty-one fart-gun salute is so cringe-worthy. There are really nice morals in the story about following your heart and your passions in life and being supportive of the people you care about. Agnes, Gru and the minions are my favorite characters. The animation is fantastic, too. I liked the scene where the evil minions are charging towards Gru. In a mass, they looked like purple haired trolls. So fuzzy. This movie gets five out of five stars.

-O.Pelaez

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