Great family fun and laughs all round is what can be expected from Despicable Me 2, sequel of hit 2010 animated comedy Despicable Me. Gru is recruited by the ‘anti villain league’ to help deal with a powerful criminal.
Starring the hilarious Steve Carell as Gru, a strange but highly entertaining villainous mastermind who has retired from his evil misdoings to be a dad to three adopted children, Despicable Me 2 is everything you could want from an animated comedy film. It’s got a few rude jokes in there that will fly straight over kids’ heads but keep adults ‘in the loop’ and this is a technique not uncommon in animated family films so is not something that should put off parents with young children. There’s even a, predictable but still adorable, romance and the minions are on top comedy form.
In many ways the sequel might surpass its forerunner with its more exciting plot and more interesting antagonists and support characters. The minions are funnier than ever and everything about it screams ‘this is how you do a sequel right’. Many people, myself included, may have been slightly dubious about the film because of its sequel status, but Despicable Me 2 has done something that not many sequels manage and it is as good as if not better than the original.
The great thing about Despicable Me is that it’s very current. It’s one of the few recent animated films that gives us something we haven’t seen a million times before. It’s unique, exciting and clever, it’s not yet another animated film about animals escaping and setting off on a daring adventure (Madagascar, The Wild, Open Season, Over the Hedge, Rio, Ice Age…the list could go on!) Many adults love a good animated comedy; who doesn’t?! And it’s so refreshing to see something that hasn’t already been done before, something current and exciting. Toy Story was once a fine example of this, and fortunately no one has really copied it in the wake of its success, but good, unique animated comedies that are just as enjoyable for adults as they are kids are few and far between.
Despicable Me 2 is not the let down that many sequels are. Kids will love it of course but good films are wasted on children anyway, they love most films with animated characters doing silly things! Despicable Me 2 is undoubtedly a film that will impress and amuse adults too, and won’t leave you nodding off on the back row while your children are sat laughing out loud. Well worth going to see whether you have children, are a child, or otherwise. I went to see it with my boyfriend, and we were still laughing about it in the car on the way home. A great animated romp.