REVIEW: Despicable Me 2

Children and adults alike have been eager for the release of new installment of Despicable Me since the first film in 2010. The road to Despicable Me 2 hasn’t been the smoothest with a last minute change in cast when Al Pacino, voicing Eduardo, dropped out just two months before release. Benjamin Bratt quickly stepped in, joining the cast along side Steve Coogan as Silas Ramsbottom, head of the Anti Villian League.

Three years ago, Gru, Agnes, Edith, Margot and the minions first came to our screens in Despicable Me. In the quest to steal the moon from up and coming villian Vector, Gru adopts three adorable little girls to help with his grand scheme but instead finds himself in a loving family. Now, Gru is back in his latest adventure, being recuited by the Anti Villian League to save the world from a powerful new super villian.

The minions return in various silly situations, from flying above a car wrapped in a sheet to getting drunk on ice-cream, and bring so much humour to the film. Even the latest mutation of minions are cool – even if they are slightly weird! The final scene is the funniest (and sweetest, courtesy of the adorable Agnes!) of the film – genuine tears of laughter were shed!

Kristen Wiig returns, this time as Lucy Wilde, entusiastic AVL Agent, instead of the evil Miss Hattie from the orphanage. Lucy’s spritly attitude quick take effect on Gru, well and truly taking him super villian into loveable family man. Love isn’t only on the card for Gru, but for Margot too. Meeting a mysterious Mexican boy, Margot falls quickly, much to Gru’s dismay. One of my favourite scenes was Gru trying to get Antonia away from Margot during a party – probably something man father’s have tried to do in the past!

While it doesn’t have the same originality as the first film, it still has amazing charm. If you to laugh, hard, go and see this film. Honestly, you do not need children to see it, I’ve never been to screening of a “childrens” animation and seen so many adults! I’m pretty sure 98% of the audience were adults and they enjoyed it just as much, if not more than any children! If you thought the first film was good, the second was fantastic. With laughs all the way through, Despicable Me 2 is genuinely entertaining.

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