Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Penny Thoughts ‘13—Despicable Me 2 (2013) ***

PG, 98 min.
Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Writers: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
Voices: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Moises Arias, Nasim Pedrad, Kristen Schaal, Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

While I enjoyed “Despicable Me 2” in theaters, it’s not really a movie that needs to be seen more than once. However, as the father of three children, multiple viewings for such shows are unavoidable. There are worse movies to have to sit through more than once.

The likability of the characters is appealing in movies your children are going to obsess over. However, their favorite characters are the minions, who really aren’t much in terms of characters. In the first film, the minions were much more so comic background noise. They take a much larger roll in this outing, which is fun; but I question Universal’s plans for a minion spin-ff movie, as they seem to lack the depth required to carry a story longer than five minutes.

This is pretty light stuff, but it’s fun and that’s much more than can be said for much of children’s entertainment these days.

Read my original review here.

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