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Despicable Me 2 - Review

Despicable Me 2

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

THEY’RE tiny and yellow, they resemble Tic-Tacs and they’re impossibly cute. And they are the essential ingredient in making the Despicable Me franchise so appealing to all ages.

The Minions, to give them their proper name, elevate this sequel whenever they are on-screen, emerging as consistently hilarious scene-stealers. It’s little wonder they’ve been given more to do second time around, while also landing their own movie spin-off.

That’s not to say there isn’t a lot more to enjoy in Despicable Me 2; merely that the film is at its brightest in their company.

Of note, too, is the Steve Carell voiced central character Gru, who strikes an impeccable balance between zany and caring, and the youngest of his three adopted daughters, Agnes (voiced by Elsie Fisher), who remains heart-meltingly cute.

The slapstick nature of the comedy is also well judged and often quite bonkers, while incoming characters such as charismatic restaurant owner and possible villain Eduardo Perez (Benjamin Bratt) and fellow spy and possible love interest Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) are welcome additions.

The plot, meanwhile, is fun if frivolous, following Gru as he attempts to juggle parental responsibility with his new role working for the Anti-Villain League and his mission to thwart a threat to world peace (by using his knowledge of bad guys).

There are some problems. A sub-plot involving a coming-of-age romance for Gru’s eldest daughter adds unnecessary padding, while certain story elements feel too predictable and therefore at odds with some of the film’s more subversive elements.

But for every lull, there’s another laugh around the corner (usually involving a Minion pratfall), meaning that Despicable Me 2 is something of an effortless crowd-pleaser for the kid in all of us. The end credits are worth hanging around for too.

Certificate: U
Running time: 98mins
UK Release Date: June 28, 2013