Despicable Me 2


There seem to be two types of animated movies hitting the screen these days: the kid’s movie for kids and the kid’s movie for adults. The only difference seems to be who is included in the appeal. The first Despicable Me appealed to children and adults, but still leaned more on the children’s side. The sequel, Despicable Me 2, seems to tip completely over into the kid’s realm.



The change in appeal is not a bad thing by any means. Ultimately the Despicable Me franchise should be aimed at children with the hope of maybe keeping the adult’s attention long enough to get through it. However, with so many animated films toeing that line, more could have been done to make Me 2 appealing to the older audiences.

Gru (Steve Carell) is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to find a criminal who stole a chemical that turns harmless creatures into mindless beasts. To keep tabs on Gru and help him in his investigation, the AVL sends Lucy (Kristen Wiig), an overly eager new agent. Meanwhile, the girls—Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher)—push Gru to start dating.


The story is wholesome and the plot moves at a steady rate, so no fault can really be placed there. The climax is actually solved very quickly, which seemed odd because there was absolutely no tension, but this obviously played into the kid-centric demographic.

In any case, as someone who really had no incentive to see this other than the motivation to not sit around an extra hour until the beginning of Pacific Rim, Despicable Me 2 ends up fairly blasé. Kristen Wiig is actually well-cast and Carell is great as Gru, but at no moment does the film really surpass mild enjoyment. I would strongly recommend taking children because the minions are ever-present as the only real source of laughter. Otherwise, there’s really no need; Agnes never yells about something being fluffy, so just go watch that Youtube clip another 600 times.

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