Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Film review: Despicable Me 2

A little early in "Despicable Me 2," the head of a spy agency asks Gru to find a villain by going undercover in a mall.

Undercover in a mall?! I audibly slapped my forehead. Is this the best plot they could think of? In the first movie he stole the moon! Man, talk about diminished ambitions.

The film really suffers from comparisons to its predecessor, an endlessly inventive adventure with great oddball characters set in the world of James-Bond-global-takeover villainy. It started in Egypt and ended in outer space.

Most of this movie takes place in a mall!

I don't want to give it a bad review. The minions are always good for a laugh, most of the sequences were funny. But whereas every sequence in the first film was a home run, every sequence here is pretty much a single.

And his partner/love interest Lucy kind of confused me. She looks exactly like Helen Mirren, yet, Helen Mirren isn't doing her voice. Instead it's Kristen Wiig whom I'm still sore with after the run-every-joke-into-the-ground "Bridesmaids."

And the oldest daughter has a subplot about a crush on a cute boy and Gru's attempts to keep them apart. This is borrowed from the lesser "Hotel Transylvania" and doesn't even have a real resolution.

Go see it, but bring a kid.

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