Despicable Me 2
Despicable Me 2 is a 2013 CGI animated spy family action-adventure comedy film. The film was directed by Chris Renaurd and Pierre Coffin and it stars with Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, and Pierre Coffin.
Now that Gru (Steve Carell) has forsaken a life of crime to raise Margo, Agnes and Edith, he's trying to figure out how to provide for his new family. As he struggles with his responsibilities as a father, the Anti-Villain League -- an organization dedicated to fighting evil -- comes calling. The AVL sends Gru on a mission to capture the perpetrator of a spectacular heist, for who would be better than the world's greatest ex-villain to capture the individual who seeks to usurp his power.
Why It's Anti-Villain
- The gorgeous animation is an upgrade from the previous movie.
- Gru, just Gru.
- The characters are still as fun as they were before, with Gru becoming a spy member.
- El Macho/Eduardo is a pretty enjoyable Villain and might even the best one in the franchise.
- The songs from Pharrell Williams 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 just like the first film.
- The humor is more funnier than the first one including the scene where a Minion dressed up as an firefighter imitates an firetruck by saying "Bee-doh!" over and over again.
- The action scenes are pretty cool and memorable to watch.
- Gru and Lucy being in love and getting married were heartwarming, and the song that the Minions sing.
- The emotional scenes are still cute to watch even when the scene where Agnes kisses Gru.
- The film follows very faithful to the previous one and makes some changes that work.
- Agnes is still the cute and lovable one we all know and love, including with her silly obsession with unicorns.
- Exceptionally funny quotes:
- "I really hate that chicken."
- "What the-- FATHER?!"
- "Somebody's going to die tonight."
- "Wow, wow." (Vroom vroom)
- "I'm sorry, I did not see you there. (SPLASH) Or there."
- Like the last film, The scatological humor can be somewhat annoying, and the Minions are a bit overused.
- Margo's subplot is rather useless and ends very quickly.
- El Macho/Eduardo (though not bad as mentioned above) is kind of a stereotypical Mexican, which could be offensive to some, and his revelation is somewhat predictable. Also the way how he faked his suicide never explained.
- The Evil Minions can be a bit scary for a family film.
- Plot hole: When Lucy took Gru to the Anti-Villain League, she put him into the trunk of her car. When Gru and Lucy took the knocked out Shannon home, why they put her to the top of the car instead of putting her into the trunk as well. Shannon would be fit into the trunk much more than Gru and it would be much less conspicuous to traffic her.
- The portrayal of Lucy can be sometimes hypocrite, like in one scene she praises Gru for his villain career despite working for an organization that chases and imprisons villains.
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 acclaimed positive reviews from critics. The film currently holds an 75% 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, the Golden Globes, the BAFTA, the Critic's Choice Awards and Annie Awards for Best Animated Film, losing all of them to Frozen.