By Graham "GSM" Matthews
There are so many summer blockbusters that have come out have been recently released in theaters that it's been difficult to see them all. Amongst the long list of movies I wanted to see this summer season was "Despicable Me 2". I saw the first one in July 2010 and absolutely adored it. I actually ended up getting it on DVD that Christmas and have watched it multiple times since then. I believe I saw the trailer for the sequel about a year ago and couldn't wait for it to come out. I've attempted to make it to the movies several times in the last month to see this film, but to no avail. Thankfully, I finally had the opportunity to go and see it this past week (on five dollar Tuesday, no less), so I was pretty stoked about it. Sure enough, it didn't disappoint.
Some people might be embarrassed to go see a children's movie at the movie theater, but I wouldn't classify the "Despicable Me" franchise as such. Keep in mind, this wasn't made by Disney. Not only are they family-friendly movies, but they contain something that almost anyone can enjoy. Similar to its predecessor, I very much enjoyed this film. It did a good job of introducing new characters (such as Gru's new partner) while also maintaining the old ones as well (Gru, The Minions, etc.).
I found the first film to be hilarious, and the same can be said for its sequel. They were a number of humorous moments, but that didn't take away from the plot either. The plot was well done and provided plenty of twist and turns that all tied together and make sense in the end. I've read critics say that it feel as "inspired" as the first film, which I can agree with to an extent. However, that doesn't go for just this movie. A lot of sequels are like that. Most sequels are simply incapable of capturing the same magic as the original. Despite that, "Despicable Me 2" did the best it possibly could in that regard.
Regardless of whether you have friends or family that want to see this movie or even if you're interesting in seeing it yourself, I strongly suggest doing so. As expected, it was a hit amongst critics (in addition to myself) and did extraordinarily well in the box office, which is always an encouraging sign. It's a fun film for people of ages. You certainly won't regret going to see it.
Should you see this movie? Yes.
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