Despicable Me 2 (movie review)

Despicable-Me-2-movie-reviewSteve Carell is back as Gru in Despicable Me 2 – the first flick is something of a house favorite at, so we were eagerly anticipating the release of the sequel… as improbable as a sequel seemed. So what’s the deal? Does it live up to the original?

Frankly, no – Despicable Me 2 is not as good as the original, but then, that’s a tall order. A lot of what made the movie so successful (and superior to the flat, uninteresting doppelganger, Megamind) was its fresh approach and of course, it’s hard to have a fresh approach in this sort of animated sequel. But that doesn’t mean that this new Despicable Me movie isn’t funny and entertaining – it’s just not quite as entertaining as it was the first time around.

The lack of character development was much less noticeable the first time around – I would have liked to better understand Vector – but this time, it seemed to really stick out. Lucy was particularly mysterious and Dr. Nefario remains as mysterious as ever. (Not to spoil the movie, but Dr. Nefario makes decisions in the second and third act that make little to no sense at all.) And speaking of characters, I think it’s fair to say that fans of the first film love The Minions, but their presence may be a little overwhelming this time around. In contrast, we didn’t get nearly enough of the girls, particularly Edith, who barely has anything to do in this movie. The movie could have also benefited from some new music, which was such a strength the first time around, but this time, we just rehashed almost the entire soundtrack from the first movie.

Overall, this movie has lots of laughs, fantastic computer animation (that, in some ways, is a cartoon but in other ways blurs the line between cartoon and reality) and a big heart, so I must recommend Despicable Me 2 and give it an 8 out of 10.

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