Despicable Me 2 (2013)

despicableposterBy: Keek Da Sass (Two Beers) –
How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
1 Beer! A Toast! Great Movie!2 Beers! Good Movie!3 Beers! Okay Movie!4 Beers! Mediocre Movie!5 Beers! Awful Movie!6-Pack! Bad movie! Do not be Sober!

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Despicable Me 2 is a computer-animated sequel to the 2010 film Despicable Me. When a secret lab in the Arctic Circle is captured by a magnetic device, the Anti-Villian League sends agent Lucy Wilde (voiced by Kristen Wiig), to abduct Gru (Steve Carell) in order to ask him to help them track down the culprit. Although he has turned away from his life of crime to be a father, he agrees to do the job, and Lucy and he are sent to search the Paradise Shopping Mall where traces of the chemical the stolen lab produced have been detected. Margo, Agnes, and Edith take part in much more of the adventure this time around, adding to the action, laughs, and sentimentality.

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A Toast

This movie had amazing graphics and knows how to do an action movie in 3-D without making an audience sick to their stomachs. I was constantly impressed with the level of attention to detail in the production design. Even mundane things were expertly created, such as the mechanics of an escalator in the mall, or the look of ink on a card. The film was also hilarious, and had the 4-year-old to my left, myself, and the elderly person to my right all in fits. The film had its share of slapstick, but it was tasteful and not over-the-top, so it worked in keeping up the momentum of the hysterics. The plot was not a disappointment, as the introduction of Lucy Wilde and other new characters kept things interesting, and the Minions’ sort of Spanish, sort of baby-talk, babel language was just as much as a hit as it was last time. Lastly, the soundtrack was feel-good and kept in theme with the first film.

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I thought this movie had more than its fair share of overweight characters. It seems like this is a favorite character trope for computer-animators. But why so many though…because fat people are funny? I think Michelle Obama would disagree. There were just a lot of fat characters and “extras” in this film and I didn’t really understand why fat animated characters were that funny.

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Also, the villain El Macho was not only overweight but also very stereotypical. Everyone loves Ken Jeong from The Hangover films, in Despicable Me 2 he plays Floyd Eagle-san, but his role in this film was not only kind of racist, but also so rushed, in that it wasn’t as memorable or as funny as it should have been.

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Verdict

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In many ways this film was better than the first because it focused more on everyone’s favorite characters which are, well, the Minions. The next film, Minions, is set to be released in December of 2014. It’s worth going to see in 3D as well because the effects are cool, and it doesn’t give you a headache. The film is engaging the whole way through and there are no dull moments.

 

Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time you recognize a word of Spanish in the Minions’ speech

Take a Drink: every time you see an overweight animated character

Do a Shot: every time there is reference to Agnes’s unicorn

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4 comments

  1. Hey MovieBoozer, this is a great review. I agree that there were overly overweight characters, lol. But maybe this is the way people familiarize now, instead of the the thin characters of tim burton’s coraline, haha.

    Great review!

  2. While I agree it was better than the original, I still wasnt a fan due to weak characters and story. Still, it has its amusing parts, and glad you enjoyed it. Great review.

  3. Took all four kids to see it and the one who liked it the most was the 16 year old who inspires to be an evil genius!! This film was funny, cute and still violent enough to make Blake Edwards proud from the grave 🙂

  4. I enjoyed every minute of Despicable Me 2. I felt that making this into a spy story was intriguing especially when the kids would be awed by the cool gadgets and the Tex Avery-like behavior of the MInions which absolutely stole their scenes. The animation was wonderful using its CGI with 50’s style cartoon antics and the voices were uniformly solid across the board. There were times I was laughing so hard and at the same time, keeping a nice smile on my already entertained face throughout the whole film. This is the hit that will be universally loved by kids and adults alike. Hopefully it doesn’t give Grown Ups 2 any room to breathe.

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