Sunday, January 26, 2014

DESPICABLE ME 2 - 2 nominations


Animated Feature Film - Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin, Chris Meledandri
Music (Original Song) "Happy" - Music and Lyrics by Pharrell Williams

Hello, adorable!  Despicable Me 2 is the sequel to the original in which a super villain has adopted three little girls and is now settling into family life.  The Anti Villain League finds itself facing a brewing evil as a secret lab is quietly stolen, and they enlist Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) aided by badass sidekick and love interest Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig).  He believes that presumed dead super villain El Macho is to blame, while El Macho's eldest son is wooing Gru's oldest daughter.  Gru adjusts to life with a teenage daughter now interested in boys.  Meanwhile, the adorable minions are being kidnapped en masse, which we sense is part of the larger, as yet unidentified plan.

While I'm generally nervous about animated sequels being able to pull off their original charm (or any sequels for that matter), Despicable Me 2 does it, and is equally satisfying for kids and adults alike, though much like the Muppet Show, we are laughing in different places and at different jokes.  Alongside the main storyline, is a subplot of children wanting a mother, and a lovely stepmother coming along to love the children (which hits home for me, as my kids came as a package when I married their father, so I was very touched).   There are plenty of perfectly delivered zingers, and the cast of comedians helps add to the appeal, even for those who don't have kids.

The song nominated for Best Song is a toe tapper, and delivers on its name.  It's a memorable song not just because it's fun and upbeat, but because who doesn't love dancing cartoon characters? 

Overall, I really loved this little movie, and I think anyone would.

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Watch the Despicable Me 2 movie trailer

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