While the original 2010 film made its evil protagonist into a hero, this heart-warming sequel sees Gru (Steve Carell) turn good. In a former life, this maniacal bad guy come orphan kissing superdad was hell-bent on shrinking and stealing the moon. He is back and ready to capitalise on his new status by using the skills he developed perusing evil for good. Mixing up new and old faces, sumptuous colours and a generous helping of inspirational moments from Gru’s ever present minions this film would struggle not to pull on the heart strings.
Now a caring father, Gru constantly battles his affection for his three adopted girls, whilst trying to maintain a persona, which for so long, was built on being evil. After a tip off that the world may be once again under threat, Gru is recruited by Silas Ramsbottom (Steve Coogan) Chief of the Anti-Villain League to save the day. His partner, and one of the new faces for the sequel, is Agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) – a bumbling but immediately likeable female addition. The pair go undercover to expose a secret supervillian’s scheme to take over the world.
The decision to bring back the majority of the creative team from Despicable Me was a wise one. Directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud know what works in this Looney Toons meets Pixar universe, with vibrant colours, memorable characters and slapstick comedy wonderfully meshing together.
Whilst the majority of the audience were less than 4 feet tall and constantly squealing with delight, the adults were kept suitably engaged with subtle wit and Toy Story-esque private jokes solely for the older mind. The screenplay was pitch perfect throughout and the 3D animation only added to the beauty of the film.
Take your kids, take your date, and take your parents. This is a film for all ages and one for the kid in all of us.
Despicable Me 2 is out in cinemas on June 28