Pauls Valley, Oklahoma —
Gru is reluctant to jump into the fray at first, but when a series of setbacks like his plan to make homemade jellies fails and his former sidekick Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) leaves, he decides it won’t hurt to give it a try. Unfortunately, this is about when the movie stops being fresh and almost entirely focuses on the minions (who are pretty cool) and almost rushes some sort of effort to make the villain relevant. By that I mean the character starts out being something potentially awesome from description alone and turns out to be no more menacing than a certain chubby character at a global golden arches restaurant.
All of this aside, I still had fun watching it and guarantee those of the very young target audience will have no problem making it their favorite. If I were eight years old it would be the best thing in the world, but even as an adult addicted to cartoons, it’s not as fulfilling as it could have been.
I’ll likely not be adding this one to the must own pile and for those wishing for a bit more instead make a recommendation for the other movie released that same day, “The Lone Ranger.” I’ll also not likely be that motivated to see just the “Minions” movie in theaters next year as I rather prefer Steve Carell’s Gru as a main personality. When the credits finally roll “Despicable Me 2” earns two and a half out of five maniacal cackles.
Movie viewing courtesy of the Royal Twin Theater of Pauls Valley.