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Despicable Me 2

Ex-villain Gru and his fearsomely cute minions return in this well-written sequel

By Katelyn S. Irons | Echo

Lovable supervillain Gru, voiced by Steve Carrell, returned in “Despicable Me 2” with his crew of adorable minions in the middle of planning a princess-themed birthday party. Gru’s life has been turned upside down after adopting three young girls, exchanging freeze-ray guns and plans of world domination for ballet recitals and his new business—making jellies and jams.

But Gru is not destined to live a life as a stay-at-home dad for long. He is soon recruited by the Anti-Villain League to catch a baddie that stole a secret formula, one which can transform a harmless rabbit into a killing machine. Gru teams up with a rambunctious, kung-foo-loving spy named Lucy, voiced by Kristen Wiig, who becomes an unlikely love interest.

This movie hits a wide-range of topics such as falling in love, facing fear of rejection and choosing what is more important—family or despicable deeds. Although “Despicable Me 2” is packed with action, cuteness and family-friendly messages, it was surprising how easily everything flowed together.

Star voices like Carrell, Wiig, Cosgrove and even Russell Brand as the voice of Dr. Nefario are perfect choices for this film. However, they are all outshone by Pierre Coffin. Coffin has co-directed both “Despicable” films with Chris Renaud, but he also provides the voice and life for the high-pitched, nonsense-speaking minions.

The antics of the minions definitely steal the show, including multiple song-and-dance routines with songs such as “Y.M.C.A”.  This sets up moviegoers for the next “Despicable” creation entitled “Minions,” set to be released December 19, 2014, according to IMDB.

The movie is also beautifully animated in 3-D and adds much to the dimension of the dance scenes. Scenes like these show a multitude of minions and provide an incredibly detailed image for moviegoers to watch.

“Despicable Me 2” crushed the box office earning $142 million in its first five days and was still the top film this weekend, according to Forbes.


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