Despicable Me was a favorite with my kids and I had a lot of fun with it as well. So when the previews for a sequel started popping up, the kids were super excited. So much so that when they received movie gift cards as Christmas presents last winter, they explicitly set them aside so they could see Despicable Me 2 quickly after release.
The first film was filled with ridiculous Looney Toons style hilarity and madcap slapstick hijinks. Over the course of the movie, Gru has to come to terms with being the best world famous villain or loving the three adopted girls in his life.
The second film starts by showing us that Gru has turned over a new leaf and given up his life of villainy. He's still the quirky anti-social weirdo that he was before, but he has "turned legit" and is working on becoming a good guy. He's fully entrenched in being the good dad to his girls and doing all he can to make their lives happy. We also see a push early on to bring a lady into his life…initially with neighbors trying to set him up on dates as well as his youngest daughter, Agnes, hinting at the lack of a mother as she prepares for her part in the Mother's Day pageant at school.
In spite of the semi-mundane family life, things quickly take a turn for the zanily adventurous when Gru is kidnapped/recruited to be part of the "Anti Villain League" in order to hunt down an unknown villain with a powerful new serum. Gru is reluctant but eventually accepts, presumably to try and get some excitement and adventure back into his life. He is paired up with another agent, Lucy, who is overly enthusiastic about the mission and also quite enamored by Gru. It doesn't take long to realize she's going to become the lady in his life. The two take up a position running a store in a local mall to try and scope out the potential villain. There are a bunch of over-the-top characters in the mall.
3.5 out of 5 stars