Despicable Me 2 Blu-ray Review
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
In 2010, I somehow missed the memo that I should really watch Despicable Me. For Halloween this year at my daughter’s school, all of the teachers dressed up as minions and the principal dressed up as Gru. And of course I had to ask what they were all supposed to be, because I just didn’t get it! This holiday season, Despicable Me 2 will be arriving on Blu-ray December 10th just in time for you to start your Christmas shopping.
In the last twenty-hour hours, I’ve watched both Despicable Me films. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, and I want still more of Gru and his adorable family. In Despicable Me 2, Gru (Steve Carell) has retired as an evil villain to focus on being a father and an entrepreneur—Gru is starting his own jelly line! The problem is, sometimes three girls can be a handful for just one parent, and Gru’s jelly doesn’t taste so great, either.
When Gru is approached by the Anti-Villain League to find out who is responsible for a dangerous new potion that causes harmless creatures to turn destructive, he is excited to once again work with sleek gadgets and have a purpose. Gru is partnered with Lucy Wilde (Kristin Wiig), a charming agent with gadgets even cooler than Gru’s, who just might be that special person Gru didn’t even know he wanted in his life. But after Gru and Lucy fail to unmask the villain, Lucy is reassigned and Gru is no longer needed in the Anti-Villain League. Meanwhile, Gru’s minions have slowly been disappearing—could this mean the villain is still at large?
I’m always a little hesitant about sequels, but this is one of those rare cases where I think I liked the sequel even more than the original. I loved that Despicable Me 2 didn’t set out to tell the same story as the first one and that the characters showed growth and felt as if they’d been living their lives in between the two movies. I especially liked that a new villain was introduced in this film, rather than the villain from the first coming back to get revenge on Gru.
If you’re an adult, do not dismiss this as another movie that is just for kids—it’s not. There is plenty of adult humor and situations (adult dating, father/daughter relationships, first heartbreak, etc.) that the kids may not pick up on, but none of it is too adult that you won’t allow your kids to watch. Also, if you’re a fan of spy movies like James Bond, you’ll appreciate the big action scenes—I know I had to look away from the screen a few times when there were sharks or falling through the sky moments. Despicable Me 2 has a lot to offer for both adults and kids; if you missed Despicable Me, get yourself a copy and just try and stop yourself from immediately wanting to watch Despicable Me 2—you really won’t be able to.
Minions Mini-Movies: Three all-new mini-movies starring the lovable minions
Featurettes: Several short pieces of footage with commentary from Steve Carrell, Kristin Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, and more with select scenes from the film
Director Commentary Learn more behind-the-scenes information about Despicable Me 2 by watching the film with audio commentary from directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin