Starring the voices of: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Ken Jeong.
Rated: PG. Animated/Comedy. Running Time: 1 hour 38 minutes.
We’re back from our epic road trip, Florida to Maine and back. We had a great time with stops including Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York. We saw family and friends, went to a wedding, ate lobsters and drove – a lot. Through it all Ethan was magnificent! I’m positive you couldn’t find a 9 year old anywhere who could’ve taken all the driving better. Anyway, while we were gone, we took a day and went to see Despicable Me 2. One of our best decisions for sure. It was at least as good as the original, maybe even better! Bad guy turned good guy dad, Gru (Carell) is being courted by the AVL, Anti-Villain League, to help capture a powerful new criminal who is threatening the World. Gru jumps at the chance to get “back in the game.” Along the way he gets a partner/love interest in Lucy (Wiig) and their chemistry is at the heart of the movie. The three girls are adorable as usual, and the oldest Margo (Cosgrove) has an interest in a boy that gets Gru’s attention in a way that any father of a girl will surely understand. The search for the super villain takes some interesting twists and turns, and the whacky Minions are always there to provide their wonderful brand of slapstick humor. The movie never stops delivering from start to finish, and I for one, can’t wait to see it again!
As some of our regular readers may know, I am a child of the ’90’s Disney classics. Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King…these are the movies I was raised on and they seriously set the bar for any of the more recent instant classics, such as the Toy Story films, Cars, Wall-E, UP, etc. etc. etc. So, when Ross told me to give Despicable Me a shot, I had some high expectations. He said it was one of his recent favorites and incredibly cute. We were far apart at the time and I was home sick from work that day. I immediately loved it. Carell’s over the top villain voice, Brand’s undetected Dr. Nefario and those three little girls. I could just eat little Agnes right up, she’s so freaking adorable! “It’s so FLUFFY!!!” I laughed out loud, I cried like a little bitch and it honestly made me feel better. I guess it’s unsurprising that I just as easily took to the sequel. Despicable Me 2 has the same unforced charm, clever cookiness and heart warming storyline that made me fall in love with the first one. I don’t know if it was better, but it was very good. The plot focused on thwarting an evil mastermind’s plan, but mainly it was about setting Gru up with a suitable mother for his lovely daughters. This one is perfect for the kids and I can tell you that the two young viewers that accompanied us thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Hannah and Ethan are both 9 and they were thrilled with the finished product. Except perhaps that one scene when the evil guy is testing his serum on bunnies…the girl loves bunnies.
Hannah is a hoot, it’s too bad we only get to see them a couple of times a year because Ethan and her get along so well. And the girl really does love bunnies. Despicable Me 2 is crushing at the box office. It has singlehandedly pulverized the life out of Johnny Depp’s Lone Ranger, as I’ve heard they’ve already cancelled plans for a sequel. It’s no surprise really, DM2 is that good, and its appeal is just as strong for adults as it is for the kids. I wouldn’t be shocked to see it win best animated feature at the Oscars next year. I know it’s early for a prediction like that, I’m sure there will be many more worthy efforts between now and March. But, they better be damned good because Gru, the girls and the Minions have thrown it down baby! I only have one complaint and it has nothing to do with the content. It’s the frigging 3D. I know we bring it up often, but I’m sorry, it’s a tremendous waste of money. I’m positive I would’ve enjoyed the movie just as much in a conventional theater. The best/only 3D effects were after the movie was over and the Minions had their now familiar vignettes during the credits. Hey Hollywood, enough already!
I hear ya there. I’m tired of paying extra for two or three thrills. If you’re going to make the movie 3-D, make it worth my while. The Minions are entertaining at the very end, but I think we could splurge and put a few 3-D thrills into the meat of the movie. Moving on, DM2 was a pleasure. It was well worth the price and a day of our vacation. The kids had a blast, Ross & I enjoyed ourselves and we may even go see it once more before it leaves theatres. There’s something extremely unique about these movies. And we all love watching a bad guy turn good, especially Ross. It’s literally his favorite thing about a film. An evil villain turned dad, AVL spy & loving husband. It doesn’t get much better than that. Catch this one while you can and bring along the kids.
Ross’ Rating: 4.75 Gummy Bears out of 5.
Maria’s Rating: 4 Gummies.