Despicable Me is one of our favourite animated movies, so we were both really excited to see the second one. We both knew that it was unlikely to live up to the awesomeness of the first one, but we weren’t expecting it to be terrible. We were pretty much right.
The animation is still top-notch, but the story got a little lack-lustre. I don’t think they were pushing for where to go next, I just don’t think it was as fleshed out as it could have been. Without spoiling anything for those of you who haven’t seen it, I think most of the emphasis was put in the wrong place.
Gru, I think, also loses something of his character appeal now that he’s not quite so dastardly. I still love how sweet and amazing he is with Edith, Agnes and Margot, but I was missing the dastardly. You don’t have to be a bad guy to be dastardly (or too look dastardly. Ask Shawn. Guy with mustaches just have a dastardly way about them.)
Where the original sat at a 9/10 for us, the sequel dropped to a 6/10. The story was weak (but had tons of room for improvement), the character interactions were a little lacking, and some things you were expecting to come to fruition just didn’t. There is room to make a third one, but unless the story is drastically improved by that point, I don’t think they should bother.
Give it a look, but maybe wait for the DVD or Blu-Ray.