DESPICABLE ME 2: A REVIEW

I can’t keep the review machine down, only a day or two after the SFF comes to an end and Salty Kernel, ANDREW BRUSENTSEV requests this one, and this time him and the wife headed on in for a good 90mins of minion worship. At this rate I will never get to watch films again, I have to keep up with the Kernels and get their stuff published. I need my own damn minions – Salty is looking for a slave who will work for free – must be good with English and computers :). Without any more crap coming out of my mouth please enjoy Andrew’s review below.

Despicable Me 2, which will be released in Australian cinemas shortly, is the sequel to the 2010 smash success Despicable Me. Produced by Illumination Entertainment and distributed by Universal Studios, the original met with phenomenal success.

 

DESPICABLE ME 2 - THE MINIONS ARE BACK AND SALTY POPCORN REVIEWS THE FILM
DESPICABLE ME 2 – THE MINIONS ARE BACK AND SALTY POPCORN REVIEWS THE FILM

 

Both Despicables have been directed by directing team Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud with writing credits once again with Cinco Paul and Ken Dauri. The cast of the first is back. The always reliable Steve Carell (doesn’t the man have a fantastic work ethic?) as Gru, Russel Brand as his assistant Dr Nefario and Miranda Cosgrove who plays the eldest of the 3 girls that Gru adopted from the first movie. They are joined by the ever impressive Kristen Wiig as Lucy Wilde here an agent for the AVL (Anti Villain League). Other notables in the voice department are Steve Coogan as Silas Ramsbottom the head of the AVL, Benjamin Bratt as Eduardo and Ken Jeong as Floyd Eagle-san an owner of a wig store. Word had it that Al Pacino was going to do the voice of Eduardo but left the picture after “creative differences”.

 

DESPICABLE ME 2 - THE MINIONS ARE BACK AND SALTY POPCORN REVIEWS THE FILM
DESPICABLE ME 2 – THE MINIONS ARE BACK AND SALTY POPCORN REVIEWS THE FILM

 

The plot starts where we left the principles from the first movie. Gru is no longer a villain and after saving the World and three girls from Vector (the first movie’s villain) now lives with his adopted family (the girls – Margo, Edith and Agnes) quite happily. His new life sees him working with Dr Nefario and his minions (you know those hysterically brilliant little yellow men) on a range of preserves and jams (hilarious jam making scenes follow). Gru though is very content, he has become a father and in an early sequence we see him coping with Agnes’s birthday party…aided or hindered ably by the Minions. All seems family normal until he meets Lucy Wilde who informs him that the Anti-Villain League needs his help. Gru learns that a new mysterious villain is on the loose, stealing top secret government formulas (obviously for no good purposes) and is hiding in a local suburban shopping centre. The AVL need his help because to out think a villain they need a former brilliant one. With the help of his minions, Margo, Edith, and Agnes, Gru must work out who the villain is and save the world (“again”).

 

DESPICABLE ME 2 - THE MINIONS ARE BACK AND SALTY POPCORN REVIEWS THE FILM
DESPICABLE ME 2 – THE MINIONS ARE BACK AND SALTY POPCORN REVIEWS THE FILM

 

I have to say that I love the first movie. It was a fresh take on some familiar themes and let’s face it, for me, the cast are pretty superficial. The real stars for big and little kids are the Minions. Their strange antics put a smile on everyone’s face. I can’t get enough of them. The same formula is repeated. Don’t get me wrong the plot for the principles is strong I just think the best moments of the film are with them. They are laugh out loud brilliant.

This movie holds no real surprises. If you didn’t like the first then this probably won’t be your cup of tea either. The review session I went too was packed with reviewers who brought their children.  Everyone in the theatre was pretty captivated with the proceedings; there were big people and little people laughs right the way through. It is a great story with fantastic setups and payoffs and downright good clean fun for all ages. There is enough in the jokes to have children laughing at the antics with the adults given an extra something with some great pop culture references.

 

DESPICABLE ME 2 - THE MINIONS ARE BACK AND SALTY POPCORN REVIEWS THE FILM
DESPICABLE ME 2 – THE MINIONS ARE BACK AND SALTY POPCORN REVIEWS THE FILM

 

I have to say 3D for this particular feature was a perfect choice. Stick around to the end where you will be treated to some eye popping possibilities of the new genre (of course starring the Minions).

All in all it ticks every box that you need from this kind of movie. I for one was very happy with the results.  A spin-off film Minions, focusing mainly on Gru’s yellow henchmen before they meet each other is set to be released on December 19, 2014.

Bring it on!

 Kernel Andrew’s Pop Score:

4 Pops

Kernel Claire’s Pop Score:

4 Pops

Salty’s Pop Score:

4 Pops

 Kernel Dara’s Pop Score:

4 Pops

Kernel Ben’s Pop Score:

4 Pops