Saturday, August 3, 2013

Despicable Me 2

Plot: Gru is raising the three girls from the first movie when he is recruited by Lucy to find a villain who happens to be hiding out at a local shopping mall. Gru and the Minions interrogate the shop owners. Gradually Gru develops a crush on Lucy, just as daughter Margo develops a crush on a boy at the mall.  Later some Minions get kidnapped, and this leads the final scenes.  [imdb]    [photos]

Review: Despicable Me 2 is a cheerful movie that has both funny parts and sincere parts. It has a big heart that I liked. Having said that, it has a number of dumb parts too.

The Minions are the best, and I like the cleverness of the Minions' slapstick physical humor. I also like whatever language they are speaking. Almost gibberish, but with enough recognizable words to make it fun. It is like Jabberwocky in Alice in Wonderland. The internet tells me in addition to English, French, Italian and Spanish words, DM2 had Filipino words. There is a link to one of their songs below.

Lead Animator: Pierre Avon
Voices: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig
Rating: 2.0 stars: perhaps close to 2.5 on the strength of its good heart, but maybe not since it is a little too much of a kids movie. Recommended.