Despicable Me was good silly fun. Despicable Me 2 is more of the same and almost as good.
The plot sees dastardly ubervillain turned adoptive father Gru recruited by the AVL (Anti-Villain-League) to stop another villain who has stolen a top secret Arctic laboratory along with several of Gru’s minions for genetic experimentation. He is reluctantly teamed up with AVL agent Lucy Wilde, and of course at first he doesn’t like her but slowly… You get the picture.
Directors Pierre Louis Padang Coffin (bit of a mouthful) and Chris Renaud maintain much the same look and feel as the original, and the vocal talents of Steve Carrell, Kirstin Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Steve Coogan and Russell Brand are put to good use. It isn’t exactly a spoiler to say that whereas the first Despicable Me was about the orphans getting a father, this is about them gaining a mother. But in spite of predictability this is good solid fun; nicely animated and scripted, with enough daft gags involving the minions to keep the children happy whilst entertaining the adults with jokes about dating.
In short: colourful and cheerful summer holiday fun.
Simon Dillon, August 2013.