Director: Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin
Voices: Steve Carell, Kristin Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Russell Brand, Elsie Fisher, Miranda Cosgrove
Running time: 98 minutes.
Despicable Me 2 with tremendous catch line ‘When the world needed a hero, they called a villain’, really grabbed a lot of attention in the past few days. And the sweetness of the movie may compel you to switch to Saccharine from sugar instantly. It’s truly a perfect movie for children and for those who are still children at heart. But the exceptionally cute movie is weightless and lacks center. Despicable me is like a tiny kitten you’d love to pet as soon as you see it. But don’t attempt to understand the meaning or consequences, just enjoy it.
Despicable Me 2 tries its best to give children a lesson. In the movie a secret laboratory near Arctic Circle has just been stolen by a mysterious vehicle using a giant magnet. The Anti-Villain League (AVL) becomes suspicious about this case as the lab contains a mutating chemical compound, PX-41, which could transform living things into indestructible killing machines. The organization must find someone to stop the mutating chemical from getting into the wrong hands.
A puffed up Latin American villain tries to steal the spotlight from Gru, the first film’s beaky, Shrek like central character. And Gru has to travel a long way as he is aspiring to be world’s worst bad boy; his cold heart thawed since his adoption of three girls. In spite of multinational accents and strong presence, reformed Gru is boring to watch. In Despicable Me 2, Gru continues his ventures with hearing impaired scientist partner Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) and starts a jam and jelly business; but the products are tasteless, insipid and nobody wants to purchase them. Just as his operation is about to fail Gru is hired by the Anti-Villain league to locate a world class baddie who uses a flying magnet to steal a secret research lab Arctic Circle. Gru and his sidekick Lucy pose as store owners in the shopping mall where the stolen serum is thought to be concealed.
A prime suspect is Eduardo, the glorious owner of a Mexican restaurant ‘Salsa & Salsa’; he bears a suspicious resemblance to El Macho, the legendary outlaw who died while riding on a shark, and killed by a volcano explosion. But suprisingly Eduardo’s son Antonio, a shifty-eyed teenager, swoons over Gru’s eldest daughter Margo.
The family then goes to Eduardo’s party. Gru follows Eduardo and discovers that he was correct about Eduardo being the presumed-dead super-villain El Macho. Gru also discovers that Dr. Nefario has been working for Eduardo and that the duo has been capturing and mutating some of Gru’s minions into the purple-furred monsters using the stolen mutating serum. Eduardo offers Gru a chance to conquer the world, but Gru makes unconvincing excuses and hastily leaves with the girls. Margo has also broken up with Antonio as he became interested in another girl. For breaking her heart, Gru encases Antonio in a block of ice with his freeze-ray.
But Gru’s cute, obedient yellow Minions got transformed into purple warriors just as did Margo’s ill-fated crush. Meanwhile Gru’s youngest daughter dreams of Lucy becoming their new mother.
So, Despicable Me 2 by the same hands of first movie never ceases to surprise you, yet, somehow you will find some things seem off story. It brings back the memories of many childhood stories ans it is oh-so-cute. But like many other animation movies it is designed to fill your minds, with a pathetic story to tell. Director Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and some big voices of the industry couldn’t save it. They called a villain, when the world needed a hero.
Written by: Jayeeta Shamsul