The first Despicable Me film was a funny, joyful film following the villainous Gru and his loveable minions. The sequel unfortunately falls way below the mark.
The film picks up with Gru now retired from being a supervillain and is busy making jams and being a good father to his three adopted daughters. Then he is approached by the Anti Villain League who want him to help foil a mysterious supervillian!
The main plot, about a scheme to take over the world starts out big but then sets the majority of action at a shopping mall. From then on the film just seem to drag. Russell Brand’s Dr. Nefario is forgotten about for most of the movie. The romantic subplot between Gru and Anti Villain League agent Lucy (Kristin Wiig) also doesn’t engage as it should. The reveal of the Vi is also a let down. It’s a shame cause there are a few funny bits in this film. The minions are on good form, and Agnes, the youngest of Gru’s daughters is still as sweet as ever but it’s not enough to save the film.
It’s not often I advocate evil but I’m starting to think Gru should have returned back to his more villainess ways, or at least give him more of a mission to get his teeth into.
Having said all this, everyone else around me in the cinema seemed to be laughing, kids and adults alike. I constantly felt like I was missing out on the joke. Considering the amount of money Despicable Me 2 has already made at the cinema it would seem I’m in the minority. However I can’t help but feel like some of the magic from the first film has been lost.
Despite the hype this sequel just isn’t as inspired or charming as the original. Wait for Monsters University instead.