Much like one of Gru’s many minions, Despicable Me 2 has lots of good ideas but is easily distracted. There are plenty of moments sure to raise a chuckle but the extremely thin plot, bolstered by additional ideas that don’t particular go anywhere, is stretched very thin at 98 minutes.
My concerns that the minions would be pushed front and centre and every opportunity were partly realised, and I’m really not sure how a film based solely around them will work. Over-saturation perhaps?
The returning cast members are all as good as they were first time, with youngest child Agnes (Elsie Fisher) still extremely cute in particular. Whilst I’m not usually a fan of Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids is extremely overrated), when it’s just her voice being used I’m OK with it!
Al Pacino was originally cast as Eduardo Perez, owner of a restaurant in the shopping mall that Gru visits. He dropped out in May, leaving Benjamin Bratt very little time to step in. You wouldn’t notice it however, as whilst it’s not a highly memorable voice, Pacino’s could have been distracting, and Bratt does a commendable job matching his lines to an already animated character.
Back to the minions! They are amusing, with the often seen ‘Bottom’ joke from the trailer still tickling my 10 year old mind into snorts and giggles. The large number of children in our screening loved them, and the adults seemed to find them pretty funny too. Touching on the over-saturation theme again I just hope they aren’t run into the ground.
It might not have the spark that the original did, and it might outstay it’s welcome. But Despicable Me 2 is still a nice piece of fluff to entertain you a time. ‘Average’ may seem harsh, but recent viewings of Finding Nemo and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs have given perspective on what a great animated film is.