REVIEW: Despicable Me 2
(Universal Pictures, PG)
Sometimes it's best not to watch a sequel if you haven't seen the original film.
This was my experience of Despicable Me 2.
Quarter of the way through this animated family film I was still lost on who was who, what motivated them and why.
I'd expected a Pixar-like film about little yellow guys, but got something completely different . . . a disjointed mash up of other films.
The hero Gru, voiced with a faux Eastern European accent by comedian Steve Carrel, was clearly the villain of the last film but what was his relationship with the silly little yellow folk he called minions who served no real purpose in this film. Neither is it clear why he seems to be the main caregiver for a trio of young girls.
It was aged before any sense was made of the opening sequence when a top secret polar research station was stolen by an, erm, giant magnet at the films opening.
Gru is quickly recruited by the sort of agency that hires secret agents the likes of James Bond - there's even a homage to Bond's Lotus submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me - or Jedi - another vehicle was almost identical to the Republic Attack Gunship from Star Wars Attack of the Clones.
My kids, who had seen the first of these films at school, absolutely loved this film however and laughed their way through it while I scratched my head.
It's harmless enough, but I just didn't get it. A rare experience for me when it comes to a film.
A friend offered to loan me the first film, which he said was better, but I think I'll give it a miss.
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