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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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