My rating: 7.5
Today on the bus I’ve found the perfect way to describe Despicable Me 2.
Imagine if someone presented you with a plate of dish, which has all the best ingredients in the world and has all your favorite food in it, but the problem is, none of it was cooked well.
That’s exactly how I felt about Despicable Me 2.
It’s fun, it’s cute, it’s adorable, it’s heart warming, it’s exciting, it’s hilarious…
But none of these elements were extremely well executed that I could call this movie a classic.
In this sequel to the original Despicable Me, Illumination Entertainment learnt from past experiences, and realised that the audiences loved the minions way more than they had expected them to.
And so they decided to give the minions more screen time, and even went to the extend of making them a big part of the crisis Gru had to face.
They were trying to achieve too much in too little time, and throwing in every good idea that was mentioned in the development period of the script.
One of such example is the minion who starts having a crush on Lucy after seeing her.
It was a fun idea, but that only lasted for a few minutes on-screen, and then it was never mentioned again.
Talking about Lucy, I have to comment on how likable this character is, it’s actually very rare for the audience to immediately like a character the instant they see them(not attracted, just like), especially not a female sidekick.
We know how female sidekick usually turns out to be, sexy and hot, their only purpose is for guys to fantasize.
However Despicable Me turns that entirely around, and gives us a female sidekick, who will be liked by both male and female audience, not overly sexualized, not overly annoying, has the shyness of a female yet the goofiness that doesn’t make her just a beautiful flower vase.
I also really liked the sassy villain El Macho, however he was a pretty shallow villain, and was defeated in a really short time, in a pretty lame way.
Everything is so rushed in the movie, and I could hardly feel the connection between the characters, it’s like being given an apple, and before you could take a bite, someone switch it with an orange, and before you could peel the orange, someone switch it to a strawberry.
However, despite that, the movie does what it promise to do.
It brings you laughter, the minions are really cute, even the kids became more likable than before.
There were several moments where I literally burst out in laughter, and not many movies could get me to do that.
Most of the audience, would definitely enjoy this movie greatly, especially children.
It’s better to look at this movie from a mindless point of view, just absorb in and buy whatever that’s presented to you, and I promise you, you will have a good time.
This movie does have it’s flaws, but it’s not bad enough to make you feel like they’re not even trying, in fact they’re trying very hard.
I guess we shouldn’t be so harsh on a company who is still trying to find it’s place in an animated industry dominated by Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks.(maybe Bluesky too)
It is the perfect example of a fun movie, it doesn’t take itself too seriously, it gives you what you’re possibly looking forward to.
Not just that, the tone and pace of the movie stays constant throughout, which is also pretty commendable, a lot of movies today just drifts away when the script writer has a writer’s block but has to rush for deadlines.
There’s not a single moment where you feel that this movie isn’t entertaining you, it just keeps showing you new things that amuses you, maybe it’s bad in the aspect of underdevelopment, but in terms of entertainment, it’s perfect.
The romance aspect in this movie is also really well done, especially how they showcased young love which does not last; The romance that blossomed between Gru and Lucy is really natural, it’s not cheesy or forced, I’m actually convinced that these two characters really do love each other and I feel happy for them.
I would recommend everyone to go see this movie, or maybe just a friday night when you snuggle in your bed and trying to find entertainment, this is the perfect fit.
If you have a child, or a sibling who is still young, let them watch this movie, they’ll have the time of their life.
Maybe not in a Disney movie way that’s like, when they grow up and re-watch it, they’ll discover many new things they hasn’t when they’re young.
But for this movie, it’s exactly what parents are constantly looking for to show their kids.
I still hope they had developed the story and the character interaction a little more, but even without that, I still enjoyed the movie nonetheless, and that itself, already proves that this movie is a success.
At the end of the day, aren’t we all just hoping to be entertained?