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Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Review: Despicable Me 2

7/21/2013 11:10:31 AM Sunday

The minions have gone crazy again, eh? The only good problem though is that they’re more and they’re even despicable unlike Gru.

Months prior to the showing of this movie, the Philippines became one of the nations who seemed to get struck under the influence and cravings for minion. They’re all over the places – toy stores, every single McDonald’s chain, and even funny photos circulating the social media – be it an user’s profile photo or just a timeline post of a look-alike-slash-twin-brother-separated-at-birth to the nation’s president or even to one of the society’s premier talk show host (does BA-BA-BA-BUZZ ring a bell?).

I saw the first installment of the Despicable Me motion picture franchise a few weeks ago, and ended up with symptoms of a mentally retarded child running all over me. Heck, kidding aside, I envied Pharell William’s genes for scoring and making music for these films. Good job for that then 37-year old fella, who appeared to lost his oars on the mainstream shores when the pop music went “bubblegum” for too much.

Okay, fast forward track to 2013, please?
Gru, a one-time super-villain by occupation was recruited by Lucy Wilde, an agent from the Anti-Villain League (AVL) in order tom save the world from a bunch of prospected suspects whose one of them carried experiments to turn species on their wildest-self.

Okay, now what? Is that all? It appeared like an animated funnier version of Dominic Torreto’s role in the latest Fast movie series, eh? I mean, a villain by role turned and tasked to be a superhero by the need of someone’s help, eh?

There’s a bunch of twists though. As Gru turned out to be an emotional fella (unlike the way he was at the DM1), so was one of his foster daughters. His scientist companion left him… went to support the film’s antagonist, only to flip sides again and join Gru’s side. And Gru’s professional partnership with Lucy went beyond the limits – even personal and even romantic. But… you better watch the damn movie, please?

And I think one thing will be for sure: the minion’s exposure to this moving picture was much longer. They’re almost at the scene for every minute, unlike at DM1 which the minions had a quite fair exposure over that flick’s 90-ish-minute span.

The story concept is quite “too common,” though the antics remained and leveled even higher. Forget their language; you can even understand their actions better than that. And still, I liked Pharell’s scoring for this one.

However, I have to agree with what the other people commented on this movie: if not for minions, Despicable Me 2 will not be a big hit for the cinemas this month. I would even doubt if most people really knew what “despicable” really means.

But save the minions for my verdict for this one though.

The verdict: 7/10

Despicable Me 2, aside from the minions, starred the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, and Ken Jeong. Film produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy; directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. Despicable Me 2 was made possible by Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures.



Author: slickmaster | © 2013 septmber twenty-eight productions

1 comment:

  1. Haven't seen the movie yet! i wish i can one of these days! nice review!

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