Excerpt: The most successful animated movie of the last decade that wasn’t made by Pixar and didn’t star a grumpy green ogre, Despicable Me strikes a delicate balance between adorable (those parentless tykes) and deplorable (the delightfully black-hearted dastard who took them in). A sequel was a foregone conclusion, but how did those responsible lose sight of what made the original special? In the most basic sense, Despicable Me 2 reproduces its predecessor’s winning formula.
Summary: Winning the affections of family audiences, Illumination Studios scored big in the Box Office with Despicable Me . Intent on not changing a thing, the sequel delivers the same brand of silly-n-sweet, with those manic minions gaining more screen time in the same way Scrat did with each Ice Age instalment. More The kiddie-gags are back, from a 21 fart gun salute to Gru reluctantly dressing as a fairy godmother.
Excerpt: Despicable has become respectable and it must be Spring as dating and romance are the featured themes. The writers have set up their reformed villain to meet a love interest and create a traditional family. How’s that for uninspired? Needless to say, "Despicable Me 2" is not as delightful as its predecessor.