Movie Review: Despicable Me 2 – Juvenile Delightquency!
The Minions are back.. and this time they are the hero! Yes, the army of numb headed yellow midgets are on a mumbling rampage and they spare no expense to delight. It seems the writers and the directors piled up the infantile jokes, sprinkled it with a dash of “Aww” moments and then wondered what to do with the story.
What’s it about?
So Gru is now a Super Dad and his army of Minions along with Dr. Nefario are (mis)producing Jam for a living. But when a Super Villain steals away a top secret lab ( yes, the whole lab) with a dangerous chemical, the Anti-Villain Squad comes knocking on Gru’s door to solve the mystery. Bored by his ordinary life, Gru decides to take up the challenge and teams up with an awkwardly tenacious agent “Lucy”. Will they be able to catch the villain from the list of suspects that nonchalantly run varied shops in a mall? Will the minions be spared? Will Gru be able to save the world from the dangerous chemical and be a Super Hero? For that you would have to see the movie.
Minions. Minions. Minions. The writers squeeze out their brain cells to write up one funny Minion joke after another. There is never a dull moment when they are along, and the camera cuts to their face for a split second, every other second, for that comic relief. Be it them mumbling romantic ballads or running around mindlessly, the Minions are infinitely and adorably funny. The warmth of the relationship between Gru and the girls stays and you can’t but root for this ghoulish looking ex-super-villain when the chips are down. There are enough laugh-out-loud and adorable moments to make this movie a kiddie marvel.
What doesn’t work...
The first movie had heart, it had story, it had a mission and a very complex man with a mellow heart in the middle of all of it. He wanted to steal the moon to impress his mom. He wanted to be a Super-Villain but was a hero at heart. This time around, the focus is just on making the kids spill their popcorn. Yes, minions are funny and cute, but the writers just go overboard and forget to write a compelling story. The story just seems “by the way”. Gru is a spy, but very little time is given to the actual investigation and more on the slapstick. After sometime, while the kids titter along, you might just be forcing out the laughs. Unlike its first part, this movie does not come with a “For All Age Groups” tag and only the child in you might hold you back in your seat. Even the 3-D doesn’t really work and specific set pieces are written just to force fit the 3rd Dimension.
The quintessential question: To see or not to see?
If you love Animated Films, this is a must watch. Especially, if you are going with the kids because they will simply love it. But beware, do not expect it to be a wholesome family entertainer or to appeal to you as much, coz it’s mostly Juvenile Delightquency!Rating: 6 / 10 --> ( 4 for the Minions!)
Review by: Virinder Villkhoo
A hopeless FILMantic, a sit-down comic, a cereal killer, chicken lover, who Copys for a living, really!
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