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Despicable Me 2

3

Naughty but too nice

Previously on Despicable Me… Supervillain Gru (Steve Carell) traded in his badge of dishonour to adopt three adorable moppets. He also attempted to steal the moon, but that’s OK because he put it back afterwards.

Despicable Me 2 finds him happily ensconced in malevolence-free bliss, hosting balloon-strewn birthday parties, dressing up as the ugliest fairy princess you’ve ever seen and setting up his own jelly-making industry. Oh, and he’s falling head over pointed nose in love with Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig), the spunky Anti-Villain League agent who needs his help.

There’s a lot rammed into this soapy sequel to Universal’s surprise 2010 hit. Where that film zapped superhero flicks with a convention-flipping ‘subversion ray’ to LOL-some effect, DM2 is about as straightforward as they come. As Gru goes undercover at a mall in search of an evil scientist who’s concocted a monster-making serum, there’s nary a hint of his former wicked humour, fatherhood seemingly having dulled his penchant for anarchy.

But who are we kidding? The real stars of the Despicable Me series are, of course, Gru’s sweetcorn-shaped minions (Kevin, Stuart et al). Infantile, indestructible, impossible to keep a straight face around, they’re deployed in full force here as gag Polyfilla. They’re as dependable as Ice Age’s Scrat when it comes to inflating pancake-flat scenes and by the time the climax rolls around, they’ve become the focus of an increasingly scattershot plot that’s part parenthood lecture, part romantic comedy.

Between a crackpot scheme to explode a volcano (we’re still not sure why), too many mall scenes, and its insistence on turning Gru’s lovably unlikely brood into a nuclear family, DM2 is a pale imitation of its fresh and frisky predecessor.

If you’ve come for the sidekicks, though, you’ll be reminded that good things come in small packages.

Verdict:

The minions give good mayhem and the twig-armed animation’s lovely. Despite the coolest submarine-car since Bond’s Lotus Esprit, though, Despicable Me 2 is light on gadgets – and surprises, too.

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    • AlfredsDream098

      Jun 25th 2013, 15:13

      Dissapointing to here some of this but I'll think I will enjoy it anywhere, however I do have a query. How is this review rotten on RT? You say the movie is funny and entertaining even if it's story elements are a little muddled and generic. That is at least a good review and definitely feels fresh.

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    • jashornlee

      Jun 25th 2013, 15:23

      I agree with AlfredsDream098. This review is by and large, a positive review of DM2. I'm surprised and disappointed that it is regarded as a Rotten review on Rotten Tomatoes.....

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    • melass

      Jun 25th 2013, 15:34

      ^ Agreed.

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    • Igrayne

      Jun 25th 2013, 18:43

      Perhaps Rotten Tomatoes does not know bugger all and maybe the same people rate films there all of the time, trust your own judgement.

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    • MikeyRix

      Jun 26th 2013, 11:21

      I believe, with middling reviews such as this, it is up to the reviewer to decide whether RT displays it as fresh or rotten. It's not purely the decision of RT.

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    • Jareth64

      Jun 26th 2013, 12:02

      Disappointing to hear as I liked the first one. I will watch it and see as, you know, Total Film did give Prometheus 4/5 and that's s**t, so maybe this is a hidden gem.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jun 26th 2013, 18:38

      Or maybe it is simply just as sh/t as TF makes it sound. Using the Mad Max 3 formula.. anti-hero + moppets = no anti-hero,

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    • FBLHealy85

      Jun 28th 2013, 11:30

      I only use reviews as guidelines for the truly woeful. Even then, I'll go see it for myself. I tend to agree with TF and Empire on a lot of things. But every once in a while, there's a pile of thrash film that I'll enjoy, that they give 1 star to.

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    • FBJRider

      Jul 7th 2013, 20:54

      Who the hell uses Rotten Tomatoes as a legit source? Pretty much every rating on it is wrong.

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    • nick0

      Aug 20th 2013, 3:48

      4

      very enjoyable. remember its a kids film, but unlike majority of kids films it can entertain adults to.

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    • matthewbrady

      Sep 11th 2013, 21:40

      4

      Laughed my a*s off during this film

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