Despicable Me 2

{4/5} “You know, you really should announce your weapons after you fire them, Mr. Gru.”

Gru has given up his villainous ways and he’s now developing a line of jellies and jams, with the help of his minions. But a secret lab has disappeared and the AVL (Anti-Villain League) wants Gru to find it. The lab contained a substance called PX-41 which can turn a creature into an indestructable monster. Can Gru figure out who stole the PX-41, and can he stop his oldest daughter Margo from hanging out with a boy?

Despicable Me 2 was released earlier this year. It might still be playing in a city near you. It is, of course, a sequel to Despicable Me.

The movie opens with exciting music and an interesting arctic location.

The minions are amusing. Lucy is a great new character — she has about as many gadgets as Batman.

Montages usually aren’t the most interesting part of a movie but the montage where Gru goes around helping people is superb.

There are great characters and funny moments, but also lots of slapstick and silliness. It’s not as good as the first movie, but it’s worth watching if you liked the first one.

The music is by Heitor Pereira with songs by Pharrell Williams — they also worked together on the first movie. I particularly like the track “Going To Save the World.”

Reprising their roles from the first movie, Steve Carell (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) voices Gru and Miranda Cosgrove (School of Rock) voices Margo. Joining them this time are Kristen Wiig (How to Train Your Dragon) as Lucy and Benjamin Bratt (the TV show Law & Order) as Eduardo.

The movie was directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud (The Lorax), who together directed the first movie.

The minions will have their own movie — I’m not sure that’s such a great idea.

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