Despicable Me 2 is a decent sequel to the highly successful Despicable Me, and once again we all want minions. The original film was quite clever and had a bit more edge since, indeed, Gru was a villain trying to steal the moon. In round 2, he's gone totally honest and is quite domestic. Raising three girls, he'll do anything for them including running a business of jams and jellies. They taste horrible, but he's trying. Steve Carrell, in his wacky high pitched Eastern European accent has a ball with his character.
Lucy, voiced by Kristen Wiig, shows up to recruit Gru for the Anti-Villain league. There's a rumor that a villain is ensconced at the mall and is preparing to unleash evil. It's Gru's job to try to identify this undercover evil fiend. He suspects the dude running the Mexican restaurant, but the FBI and CIA disagree. Ooops. Minions are kidnapped. Lucy is kidnapped and Gru has fallen in love with her. Will he be able to save the day? Does his horrible jelly recipe prove to be a winner? And do the girls get a mother after all?
Despicable Me 2 is fun and the animation, while not Pixar level, is still high quality. This is entertainment for the whole family. Kids will giggle at the silliness, and adults will enjoy a lot of the lines. Plus you'll want minions.
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.