Every little kid loves a good animated film. It just so happens that my older friends like them as well, so we went to see Despicable Me 2. This movie was very well advertised when it first came out, but we decided to wait until it hit our local $4 theater to make sure that we did not waste much money if the movie wasn’t good. Luckily, it fit our expectations perfectly, and we were laughing almost the whole time. There were some questionable parts, but overall, for kids between the ages of 5 and 12, this was a truly fun movie to watch.
I love how this particular Despicable Me incorporated some of today’s pop music. That could easily attract older kids, because who doesn’t like to listen to upbeat tracks? Also, there was a reference to “crumping” which is quite funny considering there was a short phase this year surrounding that awkward dance move. It was so easy to relate to how ridiculous some of our modern dance moves are just by watching this movie. It almost made a mockery of the moves that are really disgracing our younger generation.
I noticed how this movie introduced a young and attractive looking female, meaning I could practically predict what was going to happen by the end of the movie. Though I won’t give the movie away, I can say that there was a lot of physical “contact” between “Gru” and the new lady named “Lucy.” It’s not that the movie was completely sexual, but some parts surely reflected what most of America sees on regular television today. So, parents, if you don’t want your children to witness any sexual gestures at all, I would strongly consider covering your child’s eyes when things look iffy.
Besides the sexual references, I thought that the movie was quite hilarious. The little minions make the story all the more funny considering they don’t speak English but talk extensively. The story’s plot was a bit on the corny side, but it doesn’t really bother me because this is, after all, a kid’s movie. This might sound a bit contradictory, but I wish that the filmmakers had shown more chemistry between Gru and Lucy. I say that because for most of the movie, I honestly did not see where Gru was actually interested in Lucy. That may be because of his constant frown, but it did put me into suspense as to what was going to happen next between the two of them.
I would positively recommend this movie to a parent or even a kid my age for that matter. This movie is nice and heartwarming as was the first movie, and actually seems better than the original in my eyes. As long as the parent understands beforehand that even the most innocent movies are still incorporating “mature” themes now-a-days, all will be fine.