Summer blockbuster is delightfully despicable

By Jamison Wagner, Staff Reporter | Photos provided by


Bee-doo bee-doo bee-doo. This will be the noise for which Despicable Me 2 is for­ever remembered.

This time the min­ions voiced by Pierre Coffin (Brad & Gary, Despicable Me) and Chris Renaud (The Lorax, No Time for Nuts) do not steal the show, they are the show in this film.

From the minions’ antics in attempting to put out a fire in the office of their boss, Gru who is voiced by Steve Carrell (The Office, The 40 Year Old Virgin), to the outra­geous attempts to drive a getaway car, the minions alone are worth the price of ticket admission.


While the Gru’s daughters Margo voiced by Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly, Our Deal), Agnes voiced by Elsie Kate Fisher (Despicable Me, Home Makeover) and Edith voiced by Dana Gaier (30 Rock, Home Makeover) do not play as large a role in this movie as the girls did in first movie, they do remain compelling characters on screen.

From Margo’s dif­ficulties with boys to her young siblings struggles with their own growing pains the children remain char­acters the audience can readily understand and be engaged by.

The newest char­acter introduced is Lucy voiced by Kristen Wiig (How to Train Your Dragon, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs) whose zany antics make for an interesting foil to Gru’s more dour mien.

From her kidnap­ping of Gru in a bid to recruit him for the Anti-Villain League as she tasers’ him, to her diving out of a moving airplane to return to his side as the duo endeavors to bring down the villain of the movie, Lucy is an oddly idiosyncratic heroine that never bores.

The animation is as solid as it had been in the first movie without any pixilation or tearing in the filming frames so the viewer is never pulled out of the film experience.

The story is not quite as unique as the first movie’s plot as it comes across as remi­niscent of a roman­tic comedy at times, which lacks the quirky pull of a villain becom­ing a father but is still solid overall.

The tale begins with a science labo­ratory in the Arctic being completely abducted by a giant flying magnet, who knows why the scien­tists insisted on hang­ing onto metal objects as they were pulled up that seems like poor planning. Fast-forward to Gru’s house where he is hosting a birthday party for his youngest adopted daughter Agnes with the help of his minions who engage in some amusing hijinks at each other’s expense.

The next day Gru when walking his dog he is accosted by Lucy who then kidnaps him by knocking him out and then stuffing him in the trunk of her car. Lucy is pur­sued by two minions in an absurdly amus­ing chase scene who are then knocked out and taken by her along with Gru to a submarine base.

Gru is then introduced to Silas Ramsbottom (insert bad joke about sheep rear ends here) the head honcho of the Anti- Villain League. Silas attempts to recruit Gru to the League, but Gru refuses.

Gru returns home to his base which is now making jellies and jams where Dr. Nefario voiced by Russell Brand (Arthur, Get Him to the Greek) announces he is taking a new job. Gru gives Nefario a 21 fart gun salute as a rather wry sendoff and then decides to sign on with the Anti-Villain League.

Gru is partnered with Lucy as the two of them attempt to track down the villain that stole the chemical compound from the lab at the start of the movie. Gru and Lucy base themselves out of a cupcake shop in a mall with some slightly half-baked moments as the League detected trace amounts of the chemi­cal in the mall itself.

All in all, the sequel is not quite as compelling as the first movie was but it is still a pleasant experience.

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