Despicable Me 2
Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Writer: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
Sequel to: Despicable Me
Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, Kristen Schaal
Gru (Steve Carell), his girls and the minions are living the good (and honest) life. But when a new villain shows up, Gru is recruited by Lucy (Kristen Wiig), agent of the Anti-Villain-League. Together they start staking out the local mall, which not only prompts Gru’s girls to dream about a woman in his life, but also Gru himself.
I thought that I could maybe get more into Despicable Me 2 than I did into Despicable Me. Because it seems to have all the right ingredients for a movie that I would like. But somehow it ends up missing its mark with me. Or, to be more exact, it hits its mark and then it continues on and on until it’s so far past the mark it’s like it didn’t hit in the first place. (This might sound a little harsher than I mean it, but it’s still true.)
To give you a couple of examples of what I mean: The movie starts off with Gru and the girls actually being pretty happy. Nevertheless the girls dream of having a mom, too because apparently a family without a mother isn’t complete. Gru is far from being a single dad, what with all the Minions and Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand), but even if he was, it wouldn’t make his family any less complete. This is not to say that he isn’t allowed to date or that he shouldn’t fall in love. But, seriously, the time where a family needed to consist of father, mother and children are long gone, aren’t they?
Lucy? I loved how they introduced her. Girly-girly and super-competent. She kicks Gru’s ass and barely breaks a sweat. And then she ends up being a damsel in distress anyway. Ugh.
Eduardo? I’m torn about him. He’s every cliché about Mexicans tripled. And I’m not sure if that makes it even more offensive, or a take-down of said stereotypes, but I’m leaning towards the former.
The minions were the best thing about the first film. That is obviously what Coffin and Renaud heard, too, so there’s a lot more of them. But honestly, their scenes and antics were a little too silly for my taste and grew a little long. Less would have been more in this case.
The film is far from being all bad. There are some extremely nice moments and some very funny jokes. I think kids will love the film. It just didn’t work for me at all.
Summarizing: Maybe I should just give up on this franchise.