Movie Review: Despicable Me 2 (3D)

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This sequel to the 2010 smash hit finds Gru happily settled into suburban family life with his 3 orphaned girls Margo, Edith and Agnes. Now that he is no longer a moon stealing villain, he is trying to produce a line of jams and jellies. One has to find some use for one’s minions after all. But a new super villain has emerged and the Anti Villain League (AVL for short) despatches a new ambitious agent, Lucy Wilde, to bring an unwilling  Gru to its headquarters to help catch the elusive feind.

Gru agrees to help the AVL and with Lucy assigned to help him, is set up as a cup cake store owner in the local shopping mall where it is suspected the new villain is hiding. Gru then attempts to juggle fatherhood, dating and bad guy nabbing.

And the results are absolutely wonderful….

It is very difficult to fault this movie. The story is funny, endearing and engaging. The main characters have lost none of their original appeal and, if anything, we find new depths as Gru has become an excellent father and as the girls grow up, he faces these challenges head-on. Margo is discovering boys, Edith thinks it’s all gross and little Agnes wants a mother and is just in love with the idea of love…. everyone is in love as far as she is concerned.

And then there are the minions.

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They are as hilarious as always with their strange little language, their constant bickering, their desire to please and their giggly joy at bottom and fart jokes….. toilet humour if you will but in the sweetest of ways.

There are some stand out moments in the movie. Gru dresses as a fairy princess for Agnes’ party and when challenged by a child as to why a fairy princess is so fat, he informs the bewildered child that he ‘ lives in a house made of candy and sometimes he eats his house instead of facing his problems’. The adults in the cinema had a good chuckle. And be prepared for the little ones to be running around imitating fire engine sirens if the cinema foyer after the movie is anything to go by. Be baw be baw be baw be baw 😉

I was sitting in front of a young boy about 6 or 7  years old and his father. I don’t know who enjoyed the movie more…… the dad or the child. Both laughed and enjoyed the movie in equal measure. I recommend you take your child and/or your inner child to the movies to see this one. It is sure to be a blockbuster and with good reason.

Oh and don’t leave as the credit rolls……hang around and wait and see the little extras. You will not be sorry.

Each and every 3D movie should have bubbles. Bubbles enchant everyone and the world simply needs more bubbles.

Thank you to Event Cinemas Glendale for their hospitality yesterday afternoon.

Director : Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Starring : Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, Elsie Kate Fisher, Dana Gaier, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Moises Arias, Benjamin Bratt,

Running Time : 98 minutes

Release Date : June 20

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