Move over “Monsters.” Despicable Me2 is an absolute delight.
In 2010, “Despicable Me” introduced us to Gru (Steve Carell) an improbably shaped super-villain, ably assisted by Dr Nefario (Russell Brand) and some Minions – wonderfully bizarre, and very yellow little characters, (voiced by directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud.) When Gru adopted three adorable girls, Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) he had to decide between his despicable ways and being a good parent.
“Despicable Me2″ presents us with the new and improved Gru, now content to throw birthday parties – and even fill in for a missing “Fairy Princess” when required. His former evil Shrink Ray has now been repurposed to manufacture jams and jellies, and the little yellow minions have become a veritable army. (They will star in a spinoff film of their very own next year.) Guess what will be at the top of every kid’s Christmas Wish list?
Without dropping too many spoilers, the filmmakers have wisely introduced spy agent Lucy Wilde (gleefully played by Kristen Wiig,) wig-store owning Floyd (Ken Jeong) and Mexican restaurant boss Eduardo (Benjamin Bratt).
DM2 is a perfect mix of zany and heartwarming and is sure to charm the socks off audiences of all ages. Will Gru return to his despicable ways? Will it knock three week box office champ “Monsters University” out of first place? Stay tuned…
The Bottom Line: Don’t wait for the DVD, this one is well worth seeing in 3D.
MPAA Rating PG (for rude humor and mild action) 1 hour, 28 minutes.