By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 4.5 (Out 0f 5 Reels)

I truly enjoyed the first Despicable Me film and looked forward to seeing the latest installment.  What drew me into liking the first film was the dynamic between Gru (Steve Carell) a master villain and three orphans who come to his door to sell him cookies and change his life forever.  In this latest installment Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villian League to help deal with a powerful new and elusive super criminal. 

I loved the dynamic that grew between three orphans Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Kate Fisher) and Gru (Carell) in the first film.  The girls were able to see past Gru’s evilness and see the goodness in him and through the process of getting to know each other they began to care for each other which ultimately forces Gru to realize the consequences of his evil ways.  In this latest installment we still see the loving family dynamic by watching Gru go to great lengths to please the girls which is endearing because we know it is due to his love for them.

Even though it is unwarranted, this film is in 3D but in this case I really didn’t mind.  And, what I also love about this film are the little yellow pill shaped workers called Minions.  They were absolutely fantastic in the first film and believe it or not are even more funny and endearing here.  They are annoying at times but are so loveable and funny it really doesn’t matter.  They just get under your skin in a good way and I love the way they are woven into the storyline.  Ultimately, they are the comedy relief which is much needed in most of these types of films but these are written so well it truly takes this film to another level of cuteness and laughter.

This film is entertaining, funny and should be seen by children of all ages.  I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to see a good story and laugh all along the way.

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