February 26, 2014 by Welcome to the Jungle
by Ainslee M.
Despicable Me 2
Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Universal Studios, Illumination Entertainment (2013)
The irony of Despicable Me 2 is that upon watching this phenomenal movie there is no longer a character you can despise.
Despicable Me 2 is the sequel to the very popular animated movie, Despicable Me. This movie is about an ex-villain named Gru, (Steve Carell) turned good when he adopts his three daughters Agnes (Elsie Fisher), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Margo (Miranda Cosgrove). He is just starting to adapt to his new life as a father when he gets a call from the Anti-Villain League to help them with a huge case. Together Gru and his Minions (little yellow, non-speaking workers) help to fight the biggest battle of his life against his arch enemy El Macho (Benjamin Bratt), all the while getting distracted by his new female interest Lucy (Kristen Wiig).
This movie is directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. The setting varies from scene to scene. Gru and his family live in a quaint residential neighborhood however their home is quite the opposite from that. It is very menacing and looks just like you would expect from a super-villain. The movie mainly takes place there as well as Gru’s Lab, the mall and El Macho’s Lair. While watching this movie expect to be falling out of your seat laughing at the witty comments from Gru’s daughters and the silly scenes between minions as well as Gru’s ridiculous accent. You can also expect to have your heart warmed by the caring way that Gru interacts with his girls and how fatherly he is, especially considering his past.
Since this movie is animated you only ever hear the actors/actresses voices and you can only associate them with the person you see on the screen. With this movie I believe the voices all fit the characters perfectly. Steve Carell is an actor in the movie that did a great job of this. He is absolutely hilarious in just about any role he plays and that is definitely the case with Despicable Me 2. He used a totally unique and silly accent that can always be associated with Gru from now on. It seemed to fit him perfectly and really added to the movie. As well as Gru’s three daughters, the voices used are the perfect amount of sass and whininess that goes along with young girls.
Closer to the end of the movie when Gru is fighting the battle of his life about El Macho an old friend of Gru’s comes back to help save the day. This is after he had betrayed Gru earlier in the movie. This had an impact as it showed that people sometimes make mistakes but it is never too late to make it up to them.
Everything about this movie screamed children’s movie, however, not in a bad way. This movie was obviously made for a younger audience however it reaches out to much more than that. The movie is full of bright vivid colors and happy upbeat music which can usually be associated with kids movies (rightfully so). The dialogue (and lack thereof in the minion’s case) added so much to the movie. The voices were wacky which added to the fact that it was a children’s movie however it was much more than just a dumb kid’s movie and the directors did a great job of proving this.
Since this was an animated movie everything was done with computer graphics and the ones used definitely made the movie unique. The minions are a great example of this. In every toy store after the release of this movie you could find plush or plastic minion toys. They are a symbol of the movie and are very memorable, so many people (myself included) fell in love with the silly overall wearing, goggle clad little yellow creatures. The way the characters were presented was also unique. The majority of the characters had at least one part of them that was terribly disproportionate in comparison to the rest of their body and that helped this movie stand out from others. The soundtrack also helped to add to the movie. All of the music fit in perfectly and it was in no way over powering. It was added in just the right places that always helped to maximize the effect.
I believe everyone should take the time to watch this movie. It is absolutely phenomenal and suitable for all ages. There is no way you can watch it and not crack a smile and laugh your head off, and well if you manage not to you may want to get checked for a pulse. There is absolutely nothing negative I can say about this movie. If you are older and think you are too cool for this movie I say false. Grab your little cousin or brother or sister and watch it with them and I promise you won’t be disappointed. I have watched this movie numerous times and it still has the same effect on me that it did the first time I watched it, it was just that well done.
My name is Ainslee M. I am a grade 12 student who loves animated movies and this is no exception.