Review: Despicable Me 2

It’s safe to say since I watched the first film last month on TV I’ve had minion-fever! They’re just so adorably hilarious.. or hilariously adorable?

If you liked the first film, you will love the second. It is one of the only sequels that’s in line with, if not better than the original. The writers have definitely jumped on the minion-love bandwagon.

Once upon a time, Gru (voice of Steve Carrell) dreamt of stealing the moon – these days he’s a single adoptive father of three precocious girls. Having given up his spectacular life of crime, Gru now aims to produce a delicious new line of jams with the help of his tiny minions and his old pal Dr. Nefario (voice of Russell Brand).

Feeling unfulfilled in his newfound role as a jam-maker, Dr. Nefario announces that he will be departing for more evil pastures just as Gru is approached by the Anti-Villain League to capture the mysterious culprit who just stole a top-secret research lab filled with PX 41 — an experimental serum with the strength to transform harmless animals into ravenous monsters. The AVL is certain that the culprit is covering his tracks by posing as a small business owner at a local mall, and assign their best agent Lucy (Kristen Wiig) to aid Gru in identifying him.

Meanwhile, Gru’s oldest adopted daughter Margo (voice of Miranda Cosgrove) falls for rebellious teen Antonio (voice of Moises Arias), the leather-jacketed son of boisterous Mexican cantina owner Eduardo (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Now, with Gru’s paternal instincts kicking into full gear just as a dastardly plot begins to unfold, the devoted new father must divide his time between saving the world from an enigmatic super-villain, and saving Miranda from total heartbreak. All the while, a suitable mother for the girls may have been standing right under Gru’s pointy nose the entire time. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

I know, I know. This is a children’s film. But I just can’t get enough of these minions. Whoever came up with their funny little language is a genius.

It’s the perfect movie to watch if you just need a good laugh. It’s an obvious kid’s storyline, but the comedy works for adults too.

The minions get transformed into fuzzy mini monsters, which makes them even cuter. There’s a really funny scene where two of the normal minions have been painted purple and are trying to sneak past the evil ones. Of course they get distracted blowing raspberries and completely blow their cover.

The new character, Lucy, is a great addition to the cast. She’s just as crazy as the rest of them. Although she starts off kidnapping Gru for the Anti-Villain League, it’s nice to see a good old fairytale love story, with some unconventional twists and turns.

The film is nothing without the three orphans. Agnes is just as crazy as in the first film. Edith is still wearing that hat, and Margo has a love interest of her own.

Not forgetting Dr. Nefario, who leaves Gru and the minions to pursue his evil career. But he comes back to help save the day in the end, and Gru’s jam comes in handy after all.

It’s hard to describe why this film is so funny. There’s a mix of one-liners, slap-stick and craziness that keeps you laughing the whole way through.

It is one I will be getting as soon as it’s out on DVD.

Despicable Me 2 was released in cinemas (UK) June 28th. So if you want to go see it, do it now because it won’t be there for much longer.

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