Review: “Despicable Me 2″ brings more laughs, more Minions, more of the same – minus the heart

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Fans of the cute and comedic little yellow Minions of “Despicable Me” will be thrilled by their return in its sequel out today, “Despicable Me 2.” But those in search of another heartwarming story featuring an unexpected dad and three likable young girls will need to look elsewhere, as this silly sequel focuses primarily on cheap laughs and over-the-top animated action leaving character development and a decent story behind.

With “Despicable Me 2,” it’s all about the Minions, so much so that the little yellow guys really should have been given a movie of their own. They steal each scene they are in, despite not even speaking any particular understandable language. Dressed in funny costumes, making snide remarks, and generally bouncing around almost every scene, the Minions upstage every other character from the opening moments to the hilarious music-infused finale.

And then there’s Steve Carrell, returning as Gru, this time without much of a mission. He’s no longer a super villain, instead settled in as a dad of three. But the kids who played such vital roles in the touching success story of the original film are reduced to less than secondary characters in “Despicable Me 2,” one barely even appearing in the film.

The sequel introduces Lucy Wilde, voiced by Kristen Wiig, an agent for the Anti-Villain League enlisting Gru’s help to find and defeat some bad guys. The details of that are at the crux of the story, but ultimately none of them are particularly important, instead acting an excuse for gag after gag, many of which are entirely immature, bringing big laughs along the way. But a connection between the characters and the audience is never felt. It’s all very lighthearted and lacking the warmth that made the original more than just a “cartoon.”

Ultimately “Despicable Me 2″ is almost guaranteed to achieve huge box office success, up against Disney’s less-than-family-friendly The Lone Ranger, opening across the same holiday week. And those seeing the new movie at Universal CityWalk in Orlando can add to the not-so-despicable experience by visiting Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem at nearby Universal Studios Florida. But no matter where the movie is seen, those expecting nothing but laughs will be rewarded by plenty of movie theater mayhem from those adorable Minions.

“Despicable Me 2″ opens today in theaters nationwide.

9 Comments

  1. Jeffrey Hernandez

    The minions are getting their own movie. I can’t wait for it! This movie was fun and entertaining, even though it wasn’t as good as the first one.

    1. anyomus vistor star-w

      well some parts in the film that have more iprovment than the others not that i seen the movie

  2. yeah I agree Ricky. What made the first movie such a wonderful surprise was that it had so much heart in it and you cared about the characters with the minions adding moments of funny; overall giving a great movie. This whole movie felt like 5mins of story with 93mins of lets just put minions on the screen. Yes, they were funny, but they don’t progress the story and if anything they end up taking away from the ability of the story to really get going or be involved because that would take up valuable minion time; even the advertising is 99% minion based. Nowhere near as good as the first.

  3. Bob

    The first movie was pretty good, though it didn’t quite seem sequel-worthy to me. I might just wait and rent this one later.

  4. NB

    I actually liked Despicable Me 2 better than the original, since my favorite part of the original film was the minions. The minions were much more prevalent in this one, as Ricky said, and, for me, that made the film funnier. I suppose it depends what you’re looking for from the film. If you want a heart-warming storyline, go for Monsters U. If you want something that will make you laugh til you cry, go for this.

  5. Matt

    Took both my girls (armed with stuffed a stuffed minion and a unicorn from the exit store on the ride) yesterday. I thought it was great. My wife and I may have enjoyed it minus the kids. Minions were very funny. The story of the catching of the bad guy is a side note and really didn’t need to be that big. Without giving away too much of the story, I thought there was enough emotional stuff in it, especially with the youngest daughter, and how that tied in at the end.

  6. RJ Hall

    Having taken the kids to see it twice and myself another one time this is one I cant wait to own on blue ray and watch over and over again brilliant sequel thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish… There is not enough fun in the world and everybody has to put a downer and bring negativity into something that just works…loved agent wild and thought dave and kevin and stewart where great entertaining minions.

  7. RJ Hall

    minions movie better feature gru though as to me he is the star !

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