Despicable Me 2

WRITTEN BY: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
DIRECTED BY: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
STARRING: Steve Carell, Kristin Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan
RATING: 2.5 stars

Children's films have been rather disappointing lately. Unfortunately, Despicable Me 2 falls into that category too. It's not a bad film. There are certainly some very funny moments and the children at my screening laughed out loud a lot, but the film lacked some overall spunk. The first film was such a success that a sequel was almost going to be inevitable. But the plot was weak and the lead was not quite so despicable this time around.

Gru (Steve Carell) is no longer a villain since saving his three adopted daughters Margo, Edith, and Agnes in the first film. But his new quiet life is interrupted when Lucy Wilde (Kristin Wiig) and Silas Ramsbottom (Steve Coogan) ask him to help the Anti-Villain League take down Eduardo (Benjamin Bratt) before he destroys the world. It is hoped that Gru's villainous experience can help him stop Eduardo's rampage.

A strong cast of comedic actors has been assembled for this film and yet, they were not given many opportunities to be funny. Most of the laughs came from the minions. Nonetheless, Carell was a good leader, Wiig had a few good moments and Bratt was particularly good. It just was not enough to make Despicable Me 2 a worthwhile film.