Short version: If you loved the first one, you’ll love going to see Despicable Me 2.
The filmmakers did a great job of remembering what made the first movie a success: Gru is his cantankerous self; his daughters, Margo, Edith and Agnes are sweet, aggressively ninja-ed and overloaded-sugar cute, respectively, Kyle the, uh?, dog?, is back and, yes, the Minions are back, playing a larger role than before. Which can only be a good thing.
In addition, Gru has a new job. As a former villain, he is in the perfect position to spot other villains. And so he is recruited to the Anti Villain League by it’s leader, Mr. Ramsbottom. Yes, really. Okay, yes, fine. It wasn’t the only thing that was juvenile about the movie. However, I defy you to find me another summer blockbuster that didn’t have something even more juvenile.
At least this movie had the virtue of being astonishingly funny. I was in danger of snorting Coke Zero through my nose several times during the flick and that doesn’t happen often.
Zippy the College Boy, Hyper Lad and I went with my wife, known to me at the time as She Who Must Be Trying Hard To Keep Looking Respectable With Coke Zero Squirting Out Of Her Nose, who delayed our viewing until Fourth of July so she could come to the show with us. That, dudes, says something about this movie.
Mostly what it says is that it’s appallingly great. I mean, it makes a lot of the other movies out this summer look like they weren’t even trying.
While I wish Ms. Wilde, the lead agent from the AVL, Gru’s reluctant partner and, a woman, had been a bit more substantial for the duration, rather than disappearing into the damsel-in-distress role during the finale, I still thought it was a nice movie for girls. Smart, funny and tough. Not to mention quite capable of kicking more than a little butt when they want. Not a bad thing to which they could aspire.
As is the norm for movies released lately, especially animated ones, Despicable Me 2 is offered in 2D and in 3D. I’d recommend you not waste your money on the 3D version. I did and wish I hadn’t. Other than a few of the standard shove things into the audience face for full comedic 3D effect, it didn’t do much.
On the plus column, there’s explosions, familial love, gooshy love, cute kids, Kyle the uh? dog?, bad guys, car chases and lots and lots and lots of Minions. (I really want a couple hundred of them roaming around my house. I’ve really been wanting a super-secret cave of Evilness working under the house and I have the feeling the Minions are just the lackeys to get it done.)
Of course, easily the best thing about the movie and the one thing that needs to be ported to real life, has to be the chip sombrero filled to the brim with guacamole. That thing was the bomb, yo. For reals.
On the minus column. . . Um. . . Well. . . Too short, maybe? Not much minus stuff there we haven’t already talked about.
It’s a good movie, yo. Check it out, you guys. And gals. And guys with gals.
Go see the flick. It’s a solid four dudes out of five (if only because it wasn’t perfect. I mean, I didn’t have free recliner seats in which to enjoy the show. So. No perfection.). Well worth the visit with the little dudes.
What are you waiting for? Get going, dudes.