We are huge fans of Despicable Me in the Kimba Likes household. I think it might just be my favourite animated movie … and believe me, I’ve seen them all. So as soon as we heard Despicable Me 2 was in the works, we’ve been in a lather of anticipation for the June school holidays.
We booked tickets to see it as a family on the opening weekend … and left a little bit disappointed, I’m sorry to say.
Gru is still the loveable villain with a heart of gold, but his heart is the focus of the movie with the introduction of a love interest in the form of Agent Lucy Wilde, from the Anti-Villain League. Gru, voiced by Steve Carrell, is now continuing down the path of good rather than evil and is drafted into the AVL to team up with the impossibly high-heeled Lucy Wilde, voiced by Kristen Wiig, to take down a new super bad villain posing as a restaurant owner in the local shopping mall.
Gru isn’t the only one experiencing matters of the heart. Margo has turned into a boy crazy texting tween. Boring. So done. I felt let down by the direction this character has taken. She was a feisty young girl, defending her sisters from all matters of adversity and triumphing in the end, in Despicable Me. In the sequel, her character has been sacrificed on the altar of lazy writing. In Epic, the young girl is 17 and nearly an adult. A romantic twist to the storyline makes sense. Here, it doesn’t.
Both the Welshman and I felt that the plot development was a bit woeful. There isn’t a natural progression of the story line and it doesn’t flow as well as the first movie. That being said, the target market segment of our family, 9 year Boyo, loved the movie. He said there are lots of surprises, lots of laughs and he highly recommends it. Especially if you like minions. He does warn there is a little bit of violence though so it is probably best for your older primary school aged child.
Despite the grownups’ disappointment with the lack of plot, all three of us still loved the movie. There are parts that are very funny, and once again, there is humour on two levels. The minions have a much bigger part and are absolutely hilarious. Agnes and Edith are still adorable and feisty in equal measures. Edith is particularly horrified by Margo’s interest in boys. Not quite enough Dr Nefario for my liking, but there is an interesting plotline twist involving him.
I would say that because we loved the first movie so much, we were really expecting the sequel to be even better. It is a great kids’ movie and I’ve certainly seen worse. Much, much worse. I still have nightmares about Thomas and the Magic Railroad, although possibly not as many as Alec Baldwin has after wondering exactly whose karmic buttons he pushed to wind up as the star of this shocker.
Boyo gives this movie 8 out of 10 minions. The Welshman and I scored it 6 out of 10 minions. Don’t you just love the minions? I want one!
Kimba Likes Image Credits:
- Movie review image created by Kim-Marie Williams using PicMonkey
- Minion image source
- Gru and Lucy Wilde image source
- Despicable Me 2 title image source
- Gru and girls image source
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