Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Despicable Me -2, a Movie Review

I didn't see the first Despicable Me. I found the trailers most entertaining, but never could get my DH to go see it. Then the sequel, Despicable Me 2, looked irresistible. And, I'll admit right from the get go, I want a Minion or three. I did not get a good start in the theater when the young man sitting behind me started announcing every ten minutes or so (and not in a hushed tone) "Oh, this is my favorite part!" Let's just assume two things - (1) He had seen the movie before and (2) it never dawned on his parents that the rest of us did not care. 

The story line is cute and funny. It has spy gadgets you can imagine a top notch spy needs and more - a great car and a lipstick taser (thingamajigs you would expect Agents 86 and 99 to have if they were around today - no shoe phone though, dag nabbit!) And, of course, there is an evil villain or two. You cannot help but love Gru (voice by Steve Carell) with his 3 adorable little girls.  Kristen Wiig is the voice of Lucy, the humorous female spy, assigned to Gru as his partner - much to his dismay. The voices of Benjamin Bratt (as Eduardo) and Russell Brand (as Professor Nefario) are also key characters.

The animation is colorful and well done, the way animation was when I grew up, not the harsh sharp drawings of some of the newer (gaming type) animation. OK, OK, I cannot help but show my age. So what? The story moves along. Sometimes the humor of the Minions alone keeps the story going. There were some slow parts, but then most movies seem to drag at some point. 

I had an idea how the movie would end - no spoiler here - world saved, good over evil and boy rescues girl after coming to his senses. But there are enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. And, as the reviews keep saying - the Minions hijack the movie. It would definitely be weak and not work without them. But they can only make so much mischief. OK, they can wreck havoc or save the day. But, now they have their own movie coming. 

Now, I want to see the first one. And, by the way, don't be in a hurry to leave your seat when the movie is over - stay for the credits.

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