Quick Hit: Minions, minions, and more minions.
Ok. Here we are in day two, and we already have a sequel that destroys a lot of what made the original great. Despicable Me 2 features Gru in a settled down lifestyle with his new girls. He’s the most eligible bachelor on the block, but he’s also used to being alone. Unfortunately, that’s about all the story tells us about Gru this time around. Whereas last time he was the titular focus, the marketing machine has swung in the other direction – to the Minions.
Though there is some plot machinations that work particularly well, such as the evil doctor leaving, and some really inventive action sequences towards the end, there is so much filler that the good plot pieces get lost. A lot of what made the emotion of the first film work was the mixture of Gru’s soft side with his villain side, and here we barely get any Gru. I understand that part of the film is a burgeoning “relationship” with secret Agent Lucy (played by Kristen Wiig), but it’s not a very big part. Their romance is rushed and feels inadequate when combined with the rest of the movie.
Throughout the film, the writers can’t help but shove the minions at you again and again. Anytime the movie needs a bit of emotion, instead of it coming from the girls, it often comes from the Minions. Anytime the movie needs a cheap, Stooge-style laugh, again, the Minions come centerfold. I understand why – the Minions can sell toys, but very few people are going to buy a uni-browed bald man as a toy for their child. But the movie really suffers, and by the end you just want to wipe off all the yellow Minion dust and move along. Even the villains plot revolves around the Minions – for “reasons”.
However, there are still some redeeming qualities. As I mentioned previously, there are some really good action sequences towards then end. There are some allusions to pop culture that work well. And the animation is still flawless, particularly when featuring Gru’s girls. It’s not quite enough to buoy it much, and I’m giving it a “D+”.
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