Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Movie Review: Despicable Me 2

The silly animated film spawned a comedic sequel that pretty much lives up to the original. Gru (Steve Carell) has given up his life as a villain to be a father to his three adopted daughters. He pursues a career producing jams and jellies but Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) wants to go back to a career of evil. Agnes (Elsie Fisher) prepares for a mother's day presentation but realizes she doesn't have a mother. Both Margo (Miranda Cosgrove) and Edith (Dana Gaier) think Gru should go out on a date. When a research facility is stolen, the Anti-Villain League sends Lucy (Kristen Wiig) to capture Gru and recruit him to stop this new menace. The Minions also start to go missing as someone is kidnapping them too. 

The leader of the AVF, Silas Ramsbottom (Steve Coogan) traces the source of the new villain to the mall and assigns Lucy to work with Gru. Using the cover of a cupcake store, Gru and Lucy investigate the other vendors including Eduardo (Benjamin Bratt) who Gru recognizes as the former villain El Macho. Gru and Lucy grow closer as they investigate the mall and Margo has a crush on Eduardo's son Antonio (Moises Arias). The captured Minions are all on an island where they can play and party. Lucy helps Gru out of a terrible date making Gru really happy and cueing the catchy Pharell song. The AVF thinks that the villain is the wig maker Floyd (Ken Jeong) and ends the operation.

Gru is distraught to find out that he won't be working with Lucy anymore but is too afraid to ask her out on a date. Eduardo invites Gru and the girls to a Cinco De Mayo party where Antonio woos Margo much to Gru's chagrin. Gru discovers El Macho's secret lair and the Mexican villain reveals his new plan, turning Minions into purple beasts. Gru doesn't go along with the plan and takes the girls away from Eduardo's party. Lucy arrives at the party just after Gru left and El Macho captures her. Gru sets out to save her but a purple Minion attacks the girls at their home. Dr. Nefario shows up with an antidote to turn the Minions back yellow.

At El Macho lair, Gru enters pretending to be held hostage by two Minion who have just painted themselves purple but the plan is revealed pretty quickly. Gru is almost caught by the purple Minions but Dr. Nefario and the girls show up shooting them with the antidote in Gru's jelly. El Macho has tied Lucy to a shark and rockets, threatening to shoot her into a volcano. El Macho drinks the serum and becomes a purple monster that Gru must fight with his freeze ray and Lucy's lipstick taser. El Macho's vicious chicken sets off the rocket and Gru and Lucy fly into the air. Near death, Gru finally has the courage to ask Lucy out on a date. They jump off the rocket just in time and the Minions pick them up. 

The sequel continues the slapstick humor and cuteness of the original and expands on the villainous world of Gru and his Minions. The animation looks great and the humor is cute and innocent enough to appeal to kids and adults. The Minions clearly steal the show and they showed a new version of them with the purple kind. The yellow creatures were popular enough to pull off their own movie later and the series remained strong enough to push it to a trilogy that was recently released. Thanks to the Minions, this is one of my favorite animated series. 

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