Gru, everyone's favorite super-villian returns in Despicable Me 2. Gru has left the super-villain lifestyle behind to raise a family, opting to make an honest living in the jam production business. While this lifestyle adjustment hasn't been easy, Gru is very happy with his new lifestyle. When a top secret Artic laboratory is stolen, the AVL (Anti-Villain League) recruits Gru into the investigation, needing someone with inside information on how to spot a super-villain. Together with his eccentric partner, Lucy Wilde, Gru must determine who is responsible for the stolen Artic laboratory which enviably ends with Gru saving the world from this new villain threat. Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's Despicable Me 2 is exactly what one would expect from a sequel. This film understands what the strength of its predecessor was, the Minions, and it uses them in spades to seduce the viewer with their cuteness and likeable stupidity. They are very prevalent throughout the film's running time, and quite frankly I found them carrying stretches of the film. I wasn't a major fan of the first film and honestly Despicable Me 2 wasn't much better. The narrative of Despicable Me 2 feels oddly small and contained to me through much of is running time, with the whole undercover Mall storyline feeling extremely odd and out of place. I guess I just expect more epic set-pieces for an animated film in which the world is set among superheroes and supervillains. The film pretty much feels like every other prepackaged animated film coming out of Hollywood these days and while it has a cute and simple storyline, it simply didn't resonant with me on any level. Despicable Me 2 isn't a bad film but it just doesn't have anything unique or interesting to say, making it rather forgettable.
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