Film Watch – 372. Despicable Me 2

despicable-me-2Fast Facts

Title: Despicable Me 2
Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Year: 2013
Run time: 1 hr 38 mins

Background Info

There was never any doubt that we would watch this one, as the first film was an instant hit in our household. My recent blog header would indicate as much, with minions becoming a firm favourite of mine. We had to wait until my exams had finished, partly because I wanted to use the film as a treat for getting through it, and partly because I knew I couldn’t cope with the minion-ness until I was done!

Live Blog

1:50 – I wonder how much top secret stuff is tucked away in the polar circles.
4:49 – If you actually lived with minions, how would you ever get anything done?
8:03 – “I’m sorry, I did not see you there,” he says, then splashes her with the hose again.
11:08 – I’d say that driving your car off a pier in broad daylight in front of people isn’t subtle.
13:46 – Can’t believe that is Steve Coogan, it doesn’t sound like him!
17:21 – “Gru-ties!” Kids are horrible.
20:23 – “Just because everybody hates it doesn’t mean it’s not good.”
28:40 – Does Mexican food work well for breakfast?
33:53 – Golf in the house doesn’t seem like a good idea at all. Even if you do intend hitting each other with the club and not balls.
36:50 – Is it weird to covet the coat of an animated character?
43:45 – I love that the music is the same but different.
46:52 – “Wow, you’re so complicated.”
48:14 – Guard chicken is terrifying.
54:38 – Ew, her face fell in the spaghetti.
56:56 – I also really love having a booth in the kitchen. Like a diner.
1:00:33 – Why have the kids not noticed the missing minions?
1:07:28 – Musical lock is brilliant!
1:10:51 – He broke all the minions!
1:14:45 – Gru rage.
1:17:59 – Ah, there’s an antidote.
1:24:00 – He’s like a purple Hulk.
1:30:36 – I can see why they’d need a minion spin-off. There’s not a huge amount left to do with Gru and family.

Conclusions

It wasn’t as good as the first, but thankfully, it wasn’t a crushing disappointment either. I think the main problem it suffers from is that it’s missing a crucial ingredient – in the first film, Gru is a bad guy who sort of has to be nice while still being evil. In the sequel, he’s a nice guy that then does nice stuff, so where’s the fun?

The minions were brilliant, as always, and there was a lot of fun along the way, but it just didn’t feel like it had as much story as it should have done. A lot of fluff(y, I’m gonna die) and not much substance. I can’t think of any quotes we’re going to be saying too each other, whilst lines from the original still get bandied around all the time.

Good, not great. Fun, but also slightly disappointing. I think I’ll have to change my header image now!

Rating: 3/5

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