‘Despicable Me’ was such a surprise hit in 2010, being the debut effort ever from French animation company Illumination Entertainment and an aspect sorely missing from Universal Pictures repertoire, being an animated feature length film.
Featuring a heart-warming change of character for the lead, adorable supporting characters and the best scene-stealers since the Madagascar Penguins, ‘Despicable Me’ was the second highest grossing animated film of 2010, behind only ‘Toy Story 3’ and ahead of ‘Shrek Forever After’ and “How to Train Your Dragon’, and was the seventh highest grossing film of the year overall in North America.
‘Despicable Me 2’ is a great continuation film from the original, naturally furthering the changes seen at the end of the original and providing more of the same emotional content and great laughs in such a great manner that there was no issues that it would have any of the issues that sometimes plague sequels.
Coming in at almost a third of the budget of Pixar’s ‘Monsters University’, ‘Despicable Me 2’ brings more laughs than it’s big budget compatriot and as a whole, I would have to say is a better overall movie. While realism certainly raised the budget on ‘MU’, the cartoony nature of ‘DM2’ was a great change of pace.
Next year we are going to be getting a Minions spin-off solo movie, but I am not sure how a full feature length film starring just the Minions will go as they are great as a supporting character to give us laughs in these films, and their inclusion is one of best revelations of the films and that carries forward in ‘Despicable Me 2’.
The laughs are great in ‘Despicable Me 2’, it does a great job of continuing character development from the first film and does an awesome job of avoiding the dreaded “sequelitis”. Well worth a visit to the theatre for anyone with kids.
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