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Despicable Me 2 Review

I will be reviewing all of the movies in the Despicable Me franchise, one day at time leading up to the release of Despicable Me 3.

On Tuesday, I posted the Despicable Me review, which is linked here.

On Thursday, I posted the Minions review, which is linked here.

On Friday, I posted the Despicable Me 3 review, which is linked here

In the second installment of this beloved franchise was once again directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. The movie features returning voice talent which includes Steve Carell as Gru, Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario, Kristen Wiig this time as Lucy, Miranda Cosgrove as Margo, Dana Gaier as Edith, Elsie Fisher as Agnes. New to this franchise are Benjamin Bratt as Eduardo / El Macho, Ken Jeong as Floyd, Steve Coogan as Silas, and Moises Arias as Antonio. 

There was some good things about this movie, and there was some bad things about it. I believe that the introduction of a love interest for Gru was a good idea, I feel like it was rushed. The villain was more capable than the last movie, but was more easily taken care of. The interactions between Gru and the girls was wonderful to see, while the Minions’ charm and humour were starting to wear thin.

Spoilers Ahead!!

 

 

 


First of all, when Gru describes the supposed death of the villain El Macho, he says that he died in the most macho way possible ‘Riding a shark, wearing 250 lbs of dynamite into an active volcano.’ However, he doesn’t believe that he died because they never ‘found a body’. There wouldn’t be a body if he went into an active volcano, especially if he was wearing the explosives, I know that it’s a kids’ movie, but still.

Gru’s story and character arc is the exact same as in the first movie.

First movie:

  • Gru hated the girls and children in general
  • Gru bonds with the girls
  • Gru falls for the girls and loses them soon after
  • The villain kidnaps the girls, Gru goes to save them
  • Gru succeeds in his plan to steal the moon
  • Gru stops the other villain, and ends up with the girls at the end

Second movie:

  • Gru does not want to date whatsoever
  • Gru bonds with Lucy
  • Gru falls for Lucy, and she leaves soon after
  • The villain kidnaps Lucy, Gru goes to save her
  • Gru succeeds in his plan to find the formula
  • Gru stops the other villain, and ends up with Lucy at the end.

As you can see, it’s kind of sad when you make that connection.

The fact that villain was ultimately defeated by a Fart Gun, is just icing on the cake for how childish this movie ended up being.

I loved the wedding scene at the end, the ‘I Swear’ song by the Minions was entertaining, as was the dance party at the end. Agnes’ speech was touching, and she was a really bright spot throughout the entire movie.


 

 

 

Spoilers Are Done!!

Overall, I enjoyed the movie, but the Gru’s character arc was almost an exact copy from the first film. I had hoped for a more original story like the first one was (while not original, it wasn’t a copy either). They took what was charming in the movie in the Minions, and overdid for this movie. I can understand why it was done, because they were the best part of the first movie, but they were that because they were used sparingly. They were still funny, just a bit overdone for my taste. I would give this movie 6.5/10.

What did you think of the movie? Do you agree with my score? Are you excited to go and see Despicable Me 3? Do you think that that movie will be the end of this franchise? I would love to hear your comments!

Thanks for taking the time to read my review,

Alex

 

 

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