I saw “Despicable Me 2” at The Hi pointe Theater with my Grandson. The place was a near sell-out. I have never seen family animated comedy entertainment resonate more effectively with a audience. The theater was awash with laughter, and even a few tender moments between Gru and his kids.
In “Despicable Me 2,” the plot is about Gru being recruited by the Anti-Villain League to stop the theft of a top secret mutation serum. He’s recruited by an AVL operative named Lucy, voiced by the talented Kristen Wiig.
Working as a pair, Lucy and Gru set off to stem the criminal activity by concentrating their efforts in a local shopping center and focusing on the owners of the businesses there, especially the portly proprietor of a Mexican restaurant.
The most entertaining element of “Despicable Me 2” are the Minions. The concept is naturally funny and the Minions are given lots of screen time. They are simply hilarious.
The animated action and the comedy never let up. If you pay too much attention to plot in this film, you’re missing the point.
The soundtrack has a terrific mix of rhythms and songs that are most enjoyable. The most effective use of 3-D is at the very end of the movie when some special Minion scenes are presented as part of the closing credits.
“Despicable Me 2” is a winner from start to finish. It’s a textbook example of mixing story, characters, comedy and creative animated pizazz that will be endearing for all ages groups. You’ll probably want to see it more than once.