So, here we are a couple of years later reunited with the characters from Despicable Me, what should you expect from this (obvious) sequel of a pretty good first movie? I had high hopes for this and would have been surprised if it had be a pale version of its former self, my fears were allayed and this turned out to be a gem!
The thing that they got right with this was to even out the roles of the characters so that everyone got their minute of fame, this included the kids, adults and those pesky Minions who (in my opinion) stole the show.
Steve Carrell does a good job resurrecting Gru (the main character) and does not make it too mushy with the fact that he now has a family of girls to look after. The addition of Kristen Wiig works well in the context of the story and does not overshadow the fact the Gru, the kids and the Minions are really the stars of the show.
Now to my favourite characters, the Minions. They have pushed the boat out on them this time around (figuratively and literally in one scene). They have a more central role in the plot which works very well because they are so AWESOME. I don’t think this movie (or the previous) would have worked without the addition of these funny folk.
They all have distinct and interesting characters, if you do not relate to any of these then you are a void or you need to check your pulse because you may be dead.
If you have kids they will just enjoy the silliness of the characters and the sheer mayhem that surrounds the proceedings. If you are a big kid then you will enjoy that and the nuances of the characters and the situations, you have to keep your eyes peeled to ensure that you get the best out of it.
We went to see this the day it was released later in the evening so the audience was predominately adults with a few teenagers and no little children, there were howls of laughter (mainly from me and the crew I was with) and a good time was had by all.
This gets a 9/10 egg rating because it does not try to be anything other than what it is, just good clean fun with silliness thrown in for good measure, you won’t regret it.
Egg rating: 9/10