Despicable Me 2 (2013) Film Review

Director’s Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaund bring us a well-looked-forward-to sequel to our favourite Despicable Me.

Kids gone slightly older, minions increased and with a new partner in crime, we are set for another adventure. With Gru’s and Dr’Nefario’s jelly business not doing so well, Gru is approached with a new challenge. An offer to join the Anti-villain league, working with Lucy (Kristen Wiig) to capture villains. Indeed Gru becomes this undercover cop, whom lets just say has a few falls and crashes along the way.

After watching the trailer, I quickly assumed Lucy would be the antagonist. However as the story unfolds, we begin to see the ‘goodness’ within her character.

Gru’s evilness shown in the first film vanished in the sequel, transforming him into a more likable character We saw him shift from the villain to the ultimate hero. His father-like persona is evident, where we see his protective side over his girls as well as playing a motherly role in the house.

The girls are just as sweet, where Agnes (Elsie Fisher) remains adorable. Indeed, Margo (Miranda Cosgrove) hits her teen years, having a crush and wanting to go on dates. The pitfall for Gru begins, who so happens to let this interfere with his work life. Yet this isn’t the prime focus for the girls. Despicable Me 2 sheds sparks of romance, releasing a warmer ambience to the film. Although Gru and Lucy are undercover partners, their real connection and moments of togetherness give us a new narrative to follow.

Having said that, I have to admit that I was slightly disappointed with the overall film and definitely preferred the first film. Despicable Me 2 lacked the epic action, memorable puns and humour. Although it made me laugh a few times, I still find it difficult to recall those moments.

On a lighter note, the minions never once failed to impress and were the highlights of the film. Their constant banter and silly behavior was worthwhile and enjoyable to watch.

My Rating 7.5/10
Written By: Meera Darji

6 thoughts on “Despicable Me 2 (2013) Film Review

  1. Nice review Meera. I didn’t really care all that much for the first, so I guess you could say I went into this with some heavy-baggage. Still though, I had an alright time with this when necessary.

    1. Thanks for reading Dan! It was slightly the other way around for me, but I have to admit I preferred the first film 🙂

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