Despicable Me 2 is a cute film. That’s about the extent of what I have to say about it. This is a sequel that didn’t need to be made. It is a cash grab and lacks the wit of the first film. All that being said, this film is not terrible. Children will like it and the accompanying parents will not want to gouge their eyes out like I wanted to do during The Smurfs. In fact, I believe many of the jokes in Despicable Me 2 skew to the parents. The plot is paper thin. By paper thin I mean that the synopsis is also the plot in its entirety. But, Hey! There are minions!
Gru is back with his three adopted daughters. This time he is recruited to save the world from a dastardly villain the likes we haven’t seen since Gru himself. This allows the scriptwriters to introduce a love interest. Kristin Wiig joins the cast to play the slapsticky assistant to Steve Carell’s Gru. The plot plays out as you would expect with zero moments of the unforeseen. There is supposed to be a touching moment involving Kristen Wiig’s character and her involvement with the children from the first film that feels forced and wildly unearned. Otherwise, the film is fine from front to back. Very little goes wrong because there is very little there.
So how about we get to those minions! The minions are back in all their irresistible glory. The scenes with them shine and make me wonder why we went through all of the ludicrousness with the other characters when we so clearly just want minions. I for one would be all in on a minion centered feature film. They provide all of the comic relief and even serenade us with a tune that the parents will laugh at far more than the children. The biggest problem with the minions is how forgettable they make everyone else in the movie seem.
Despicable Me 2 is a film that will make you smile a time or two, entertain the young ones, and then be forgotten. It doesn’t have the wit of the original. It feels forced and lacks the originality that we saw the first time around. It feels inferior in every way. It will also be a monster blockbuster and will make a boatload of money. They will make uninspired sequel after sequel until audiences tire of the rouse with each one being more quickly forgotten than the last. Unless, of course, they make that minion feature. That I would be excited for.