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Despicably Fun – A Review of Despicable Me 2
Title: Despicable Me 2
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Run Time: 98 minutes
Director: Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
Stars: Steve Carrell, Kristin Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Russell Brand
Summary: Villains can turn out to be heroes in the twisted world of animation. Life lessons learned and humor abound as well.
With the sheer number of animated movies coming out this year, it’s tough to keep track of all the voice actors.
Here, Steve Carell returns voicing Gru, the villainous hero of Despicable Me, the underdog animated feature from 2010 that thrilled audiences with villainous antics that turned Gru into a hero and minions into a household name.
Well, Gru and his minions are back, this time recruited into the Anti Villain League, a covert organization headed by Cyrus Ramsbottom (Russell Brand) and dedicated to exposing nefarious schemes by villains throughout the globe.
Kristin Wiig also stars as Lucy Wilde, a pretty operative of the AVL who is tasked with capturing Gru. It’s no secret that there will be some tension between the two. But it’s a good kind of tension. And that serves up a nice dose of romance for those adults in the audience to appreciate.
Benjamin Bratt plays against type here as a nefarious master criminal who goes by the name El Macho. He supposedly dies in a volcano…but we all know that was just a cover story. Master villains never die. They just slip between film frames and pop up in sequels. Like this one.
The minions, of course, manage to steal a good number of scenes in the movie. One pair manages to resurrect antics of another pair of onscreen buffoons, Beavis and Butthead. Others are borderline annoying, like the little pipsqueak who obediently blurts out a siren like whooping and is promptly doused with a water spray to shut him down.
Oh, and Gru’s three daughters are back for this installment. And much to the chagrin of our antihero, one of them has a crush on a boy. Mark my words, this won’t end well for the boy.
But that isn’t a spoiler, to say the least. It would be fair, though, to say that Gru and Lucy and the girls will probably be back for yet another installment. The storyline is far to rich and fertile to stop mining it now.
Villains aren’t as mean or as ignoble as they once may have been. And that’s a great thing for kids and adults alike. I give Despicable Me 2 four out five stars.