Despicable Me 2 FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment present a 98 minute, PG, animation, 3D, crime, comedy, directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul with a theater release date of July 3, 2013.
A top secret research facility in the Arctic Circle disappears and along with it a highly dangerous formula known as PX41. Meanwhile Gru (voice of Steve Carell) is at home celebrating his youngest daughter’s birthday, Agnes (voice of Elsie Kate Fisher), along with her sisters Margo (voice of Miranda Cosgrove) and Edith (voice of Dana Gaier) along with many of the Minions, too many to mention. A woman by the name of Lucy Wilde (voice of Kristen Wiig) shows up from the AVL, short for Anti-Villain League, and asks for Gru’s help to find the stolen facility before it’s too late. One problem for her, it is too late for Gru and he rather stay home with his daughters, gruesome dog, Dr. Nefario (voice of Russell Brand) who happens to be missing his villain days and his Minions making jelly than working in the world of villains again. So she decides to kidnap him and transport him to a hidden facility so that her boss, Silas Ramsbottom (voice of Steve Coogan) can convince him to join their ranks and rather than be a villain capture one instead.
Once again Gru declines the offer and heads home to his girls who are trying diligently to find their dad a wife and them a mother. Soon though Gru caves and decides to join the ranks of the AVL in hopes of stopping whatever villain stole the PX41, a formula that can change good Minions or bunnies for that matter into zombie like creatures out to destroy mankind. Lucy and Gru soon become a team and take up cover at the local Paradise Mall as owners of a bakery. They have two main suspects that both have a business in the mall, one Mexican named Eduardo (voice of Benjamin Bratt) who Gru believes was once known as El Macho and the other Floyd (voice of Ken Jeong), the owner of Eagle Hair Club. No matter what gets in their way, wigs or loco polo or even a young Mexican boy named Antonio (voice of Moises Arias) who is chasing after Margo, Gru is out to find his villain and along the way possibly after 147 dates fall in love.
The film is just as good if not even better than the first with an exciting Bond like story line that introduces us to more absolutely adorable and hysterical Minions, cool gadgets, intrigue, action, drama and of course just plain fun. Great direction and superb writing are only a slight enhancement compared to the phenomenal animation. This sequel is perfect for the entire family with so many Minion moments that you can’t help but fall even more in love with these little yellow creatures that is until they turn another color. The soundtrack is well worth the purchase with songs by Pitbull, The village People and several new original tunes like the song “Happy” which will stick in your head for quite some time. Interesting how the writers decided to get on the zombie line with one scene that really reminded me of a moment from “World War Z” but only this time World War M. Bottom line this is one must see animated film that will keep you happy for at least 98 minutes of your life and remember to stay for the credits for some added Minion treats. Next year watch for a spin-off film starring the ever so loved Minions. Absolutely written and enjoyed with three and half paws out of four by Jon Patch.
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