“Are you really gonna save the world?”
Steve Carell returns as loveable villain Gru, but this time he is joined by Agent Lucy Wild, voiced by SNL alum Kristen Wiig.
As with most prequels, the plotline has got bigger and better, we are given a sweet flashback of Gru’s marred dating past. Wiig and Carrell have some good chemistry and their characters are matched well.
Despicable Me 2 shows just how brilliant the Animated genre has become, the characters have lives and minds of their own, they are fully formed in front of our eyes, and is something that is perfectly pitched for families.
Unlike Shrek or Up, there is a cheekiness to Despicable Me 2 and Gru’s relationship with his adopted girls, Agnes, Margo, and Edith is a shining beacon for the Modern Man.
The Minions, once again, steal the film. With their made up language and light humour, (“hehe, Bottom”), they are given a bigger and better storyline and a chance to really shine. However, the ending, was taken a little too far, a little too twee for my taste, too boybandish and simply jarred with the rest of a very likeable film.
All in all, an enjoyable and fun experience, great for all ages.
Naomi Jeffreys, The Rabbit and Reel