The Grade Book: “Despicable Me 2”

Despicable Me 2

Plot: Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villian League to help stop a new super villain. 

Directors: Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. 

Writers: Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul. 

Voice Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, and Russell Brand. 

Genres: Animation, Family, Comedy.

Running Time: 1 hour and 38 minutes.

U.S. Release Date: July 3rd, 2013.

MPAA Rating: PG.

 

WE LIVE FILM GRADE AVERAGE: B+

AMOUNT OF REVIEWS IN THE GRADE BOOK: 11

(Lowest Grade Given to the Film: B-, Highest Grade Given to the Film: A)

SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: Despicable Me 2 has a weak story, but it scores with its beautiful animation and hilarious gags. It may even be better than its predecessor.

 

REVIEWS:

  • Gabriel Alcantara (Big Gabe):

Grade: A-

There’s a moment in the film when the young character Agnes screams “I’M SO HAPPY!”. That pretty much sums up my feelings towards Despicable Me 2. It’s adorable and hilarious. The minions had me laughing so much I nearly began to sweat. Plus, adding Kristen Wiig to the cast in a bigger role was a brilliant idea.

  • Christian Becker:

Grade: B
A fun, fluffy family movie that is entertaining all the way through. Although, it may not be extremely memorable after a day or two, and it resorts to slapstick humor instead of the smarts we would get from Pixar.

  • Ryan Fecskovics:

Grade: A

Cute, funny, and possibly better than the first film. I loved the storyline for this film. It is so much fun to watch. The minions are the main source of my enjoyment when discussing the film. It doubt it will be an Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature, but I was satisfied with the film and I recommend that everyone sees it.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):

 

Grade: B
The animation is incredible. All of the colors of the rainbow are on display here. I just wish the story was better, and I wish my heart connected more to the final film, but this is still a worthy experience and I look forward to Part 3 and that minions’ movie!

  • Leah Hather (Bright Eyes Long Lashes):

Grade: A

This is ten times better than the original. It’s fun, cute, hilarious, and wonderfully animated. Love those minions!

  • Steven Hunt:

Grade: A-

A movie that I believe surpasses the original. The animation is crisp, the voice cast does very well, and the minions are a riot. Kristen Wiig annoyed me a few times and the story isn’t amazing, but I enjoyed the ride a lot.

  • John Maffeo:

Grade: B
A wonderfully vibrant animated movie that contains silly but memorable characters, despite a simplified story. The looney minions are truly juggernauts in the animation genre now!

  • Matt Marshall:

Grade: B+

Directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud excel in pleasing the fans of Despicable Me with much of the same spy action and slapstick minion comedy seen in the first film, only amped up to greater heights for this highly anticipated sequel.

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: B+

It’s so FLUFFY! Somehow this sequel is almost as good as the original. Gru and the kids are back and just as fun as they were the first time around. What I loved most about Despicable Me 2 was the simple fact that it had its own story that worked not only as an individual film but also helped to build the characters from the first film. The animation is rich, vivid, and lively. There are so many good laughs to be had and, just like the first, the humor ranges from childish to adult. This was one animated sequel that didn’t disappoint.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: B

Despicable Me 2 surpasses the original in my opinion. The animation is rich and has great depth, the characters have a bit more development, the voice is cast excellent (though I found Kristen Wiig to be hit-and-miss), and there are plenty of hilarious moments. I would have loved this film but the story is very weak and predictable and brings the movie down a lot.

  • Callum Slater:

Grade: B-

It’s cute, enjoyable, and very brightly and well-animated. But most of the strong points are the minions and the excellent visuals and sometimes smart humor that is shown in their scenes. Other than that, Steve Carell is good as Gru, but the rest of the film is pretty shallow, uneventful, and a predictable kids movie — and well, the jokes die, they die fast and hard. But what’s good is good and that makes the movie watchable.

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