Despicable Me 2
Despicable Me 2 is a 2013 CGI animated spy comedy film. The film was directed by Chris Renaurd and Pierre Coffin and it stars with Steve Carrel, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Russel Brand, Miranda Cosgorve and Pierre Coffin
A mysterious vehicle using a huge magnet steals a highly potent mutagen known as PX-41 from a secret laboratory in the Arctic Circle. The Anti-Villain League (AVL), headed by Silas Ramsbottom, tries to recruit former supervillain Gru to track down those responsible and recover the mutagen, but Gru refuses, claiming that he is now a legitimate businessman as well as the devoted father of Margo, Edith, and Agnes. Dr. Nefario, Gru's friend and assistant, longs to go back to villainy and leaves Gru for new employment. Gru reluctantly agrees to investigate the theft, and is partnered with undercover AVL agent Lucy Wilde. The pair begin their search in the Paradise Shopping Mall, disguised as bakery employees. Gru immediately comes to suspect Mexican restaurant owner, Eduardo Pérez, of being the infamous "El Macho", a legendary supervillain who supposedly died by riding a shark into the mouth of an active volcano with 250 pounds of dynamite strapped to his chest. Gru and Lucy break into Eduardo's restaurant at night, but find no proof. Meanwhile, Agnes, confiding in her dream to one day have a mother, believes that Gru will fall in love with Lucy, though Gru states that his relationship with Lucy is professional.
Although holding Eduardo as his chief suspect, Gru agrees to pursue others, including wig merchant Floyd Eagle-san. After witnessing Eduardo's two-timing son, Antonio, woo Margo and invite everyone to his Cinco de Mayo party, Gru renews his focus on Eduardo. He is then set up on a dinner date with a vacuous woman named Shannon. The date goes horribly, and Shannon is about to humiliate Gru after she spots his wig, until Lucy, visiting the restaurant herself, saves Gru and renders Shannon unconscious with a tranquilizer gun. While they take Shannon home, Gru and Lucy spend personal time together, and Gru falls in love with her, proving Agnes right.
The next day, the AVL arrest Eagle-san after finding an almost-empty jar of the mutagen in his shop, and the investigation is closed by Ramsbottom. Lucy is reassigned to Australia, but gives Gru her lipstick Taser as a gift before leaving. A heartbroken Gru, having lacked the courage to ask Lucy out on a date, instead takes his girls to the Cinco de Mayo party. While there, he follows Eduardo and discovers a secret musical steps-activated elevator, where he finally finds proof that Eduardo is El Macho.
On her flight, Lucy, realizing that she has also fallen in love with Gru, jumps out of the plane and hang glides down to the party. Gru discovers that Macho, who is revealed to have hired Nefario as a partner, has been abducting Gru's Minions and using the stolen PX-41 serum to make them evil. Macho plans to launch rockets full of the mutated Minions into major cities in order to achieve world domination. He gives Gru the chance to team up with him, but Gru walks away.
Lucy later arrives at the party, but Macho captures Lucy after Pollito, Macho's pet chicken, retrieves her AVL ID badge from her purse. Nefario rejoins Gru, who fakes being captured with two other minions to help him rescue Lucy. Fighting alongside his daughters and Nefario, Gru and his team return the Minions to their normal, friendly, yellow state using jelly containing a powerful antidote that was created by Nefario. Macho then takes the mutagen himself and turns into a monster, but Gru and Nefario defeat him using Lucy's lipstick Taser and a fart gun.
Gru finds Lucy strapped to a TNT-loaded shark rocket and starts to untie her, but Pollito launches the rocket, sending it flying towards the same volcano where Macho previously faked his death. Lucy accepts Gru's invitation for a date, and the pair dive into the ocean seconds before the rocket enters the volcano and violently explodes. Gru rejoins the AVL, and then he and Lucy get married, and Margo, Edith and Agnes finally have someone close to a mother.
Why It Rocks
- The animation is a step-up from the previous movie.
- The characters are still as fun as they were before.
- Pharrell Williams songs are still great as memorable, including "Happy".
- The voice actors again did a great job with all the characters, especially Steve Carrell as Gru and Kristen Wiig as Lucy.
- Heitor Periera's score is still fantastic.
- The humor is more funny than the first one.
- The action scenes are pretty cool.
- Gru and Lucy being in love and getting married was heartwarming.
- The emotional scenes are still cute to watch.
- The film follows very faithful to the previous one and makes some changes that work.
- Agnes is still cute.
- The scatological humor can be somewhat annoying.
- Margo's sub plot can be rather useless, and ends quickly.
- The Macho/Eduardo is kind of a stereotypical Mexican, which could be offensive to some, and his revelation could potentially be predictable.
- The minions are a bit overused.
Despicable Me 2 grossed $368 million in North America, and $602.7 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $970.8 million.
Despicable Me 2 received an acclaimed positive reviews from critics. The film currently holds an 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 173 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10 and a critic consensus that says "Despicable Me 2 offers plenty of eye-popping visual inventiveness and a number of big laughs." Most of the fans of the franchise enjoy this movie considering as the best Despicable Me movie of the franchise.
It was nominated in the Academy Awards for Best Animated Film and Best Original Song, in the The Golden Globes and the BAFTA for Best Animated Film, the Critic's Choice Awards and also being nominated for Annie Awards losing all of them by Frozen.