Flash Movie Review: Despicable Me 2

The magic of cartoons is their ability to turn something real into the unreal. They can take a current topic and provide a different spin on it or turn it into a satire. Cartoon characters can be beaten and hurt multiple times, yet still come back for more, while providing us with a good laugh. And then there is the use of color and design; everyday items can suddenly defy gravity and physics in their twisted, illogical shapes and hues. I was raised on the classic Looney Tunes cartoons from Warner Bros. The foundation to any cartoon is a solid story and Looney Tunes was brilliant in their ability to play with a story. In this animated sequel I felt the story was disappointingly weak. Steve Carell (Hope Springs, Date Night) was back again, this time as Gru the family man to the three orphaned girls. Gone was Gru’s nastiness, though I thought Steve still did an excellent job voicing the character. New to the cast was Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Friends with Kids) as agent Lucy and Benjamin Bratt (Miss Congeniality, Catwoman) as club owner Edwardo. The story this time had Gru being recruited by the Anti-Villain League to track down a new super criminal. On the plus side the Minions were back and offered some fun gags. However, the issue I had with this movie concerned the lazy writing. I mean come on, did we really need to try and mine humor out of flatulence? It was just an easy way to piece the story together. Where some of this year’s recent animated movies entertained both children and adults; I think younger kids would like this comedy more than adults. Another issue I had with the movie was its predictability. Cartoons should be able to offer at least a surprise or two for the viewer; I did not find anything close to being shocking. Instead of creating magic with Gru and the girls, it seemed the studio was looking to make a quick buck; some magic act.

 

2 1/2 stars

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 4, 2013, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. We need the surreal genius of Tex Avery back!

  2. I used to borrow other peoples young ones so I could go see animated movies, now I just go alone lol I love them.

  3. I’m just going to watch the movie for the minions. Even if they play the Banana song on loop for the entire span of two hours, I’ll have considered it money well spent xD

    Thankyou for not only visiting but also starring one of my articles. If you liked what you saw (and I’m assuming you did), stay tuned 😀

    • I just heard the Minions will have their own movie in 2014. Thank you for stopping by to leave your comments. Enjoy the movie and let me know what you think of it.

  4. I went with 2 friends and just loved this movie!! It was predictable but still loads of fun.

    I think I enjoyed it more than they did, though. I would have rated it 4 stars – they would have rated it 3.

    • I am glad you enjoyed the movie. Let me make your day even better: the Minions will be coming out with their own movie. So far it looks like it will come out 2014. Take care Michael and keep posting your incredible photos.

  5. Shivani Panchmatia

    i m gonna watch the movie today and maybe i ll keep the expectations low…. i loved the 1st part… thought it was one of the best animation films i have seen in the last couple of years….

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